Broadway alum Sebastian Arcelus has been tapped to star in House of Cards, the forthcoming Netflix political drama starring Tony winner Kevin Spacey, according to Deadline.com. Netflix has ordered 26 episodes of House of Cards to air over two seasons. David Fincher is set to direct and produce the series, which is slated to debut in 2013.
Based on the Michael Dobbs’ novel and 1990 U.K. TV series of the same name, House of Cards is the story of Rep. Frank Underwood (Spacey), a House of Representatives Majority Whip who, after not being chosen for Secretary of State, creates a plan to bring down the new president and take over the Oval Office. Arcelus will play Lucas Goodwin, a newspaper editor.
In addition to Arcelus and Spacey, House of Cards is set to star Michael Gill (Guiding Light) as President Garrett Walker and Robin Wright (Moneyball) as Underwood’s wife, and feature two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (Enchanted April) and Broadway alum Corey Stoll (A View From the Bridge) in addition to Sakina Jaffrey (Definitely, Maybe), Kate Mara (127 Hours), Wass Stevens (The Wrestler), Constance Zimmer (Chaos Theory), Mahershala Ali (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Sandrine Holt (Underworld: The Awakening).
Arcelus’ Broadway credits include Rent, Wicked, Good Vibrations, Jersey Boys and Elf. His film and TV credits include Person of Interest and voiceover work for Turtles Forever, Go, Diego! Go! and Dinosaur King.