Today is Inauguration Day, as President-Elect Donald Trump becomes sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Netflix thought today would be fitting to release a new teaser for House of Cards Season 5, which doesn't include any actual footage, but does reveal that the series will return to stream Season 5 in its entirety on May 30. The teaser features a group of children saying the Pledge of Allegiance, while we see what appears to be a traditional American flag, but we see that it's actually hanging upside down.
Last year, when the streaming service renewed the hit series for Season 5, it was also paired with the announcement that series creator Beau Willimon was stepping down as showrunner. The network announced in February that Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, two senior writers who have been with House of Cards since 2014, have been promoted to showrunners of the award-winning Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital. The streaming service hasn't released a plot synopsis yet, but this season will focus on Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife (Robin Wright) running for re-election.
There will be a few new characters joining the show when House of Cards debuts this season on Netflix this May. Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott both signed on to play new characters in this upcoming season, although it isn't clear how many episodes they signed on for. James Martinez has also landed the recurring role of Alex Romero, described as "a cunning and progressive congressman from Arizona." The streaming service hasn't announced how large his role will be either, but last year, another cast member revealed he was not returning to the show.
Mahershala Ali, who stars in the critically-acclaimed indie film Moonlight, revealed that he isn't coming back for Season 5 as political lobbyist Remy Danton. The actor revealed in an interview that he didn't feel he had anything new to offer to the show, and that he thinks it was the right time to end the story line for that character. The actor did return to the Netflix streaming service last year, though, playing Cottonmouth Stokes on the hit Marvel superhero series Luke Cage. Still, it isn't known how his absence will be written off in Season 5.
Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are showrunners for season five, and they serve as executive producers along with David Fincher, John Mankiewicz, Daniel Minahan, Kevin Spacey, Joshua Donen, Dana Brunetti, Eric Roth, Robin Wright, Michael Dobbs and Andrew Davies. Created for television by Beau Willimon. House of Cards is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.
The critically acclaimed Emmy nominated drama has its Golden Globe and SAG Award winning star Kevin Spacey (as Francis Underwood) and Golden Globe winner Robin Wright (as Claire Underwood), whose characters have always been each other's strongest allies, showing cracks in their relationship. In an election year, the stakes are now higher than ever, and the biggest threat they face is contending with each other. House of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Nathan Darrow, Kim Dickens, Elizabeth Marvel, Dominique McElligott, Molly Parker, Paul Sparks, with Ellen Burstyn, Cicely Tyson and Joel Kinnaman. Take a look at this new trailer below, courtesy of Netflix.