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Last year he graced our shores with a stellar rendition of Shakespeare’s Richard 111. This year he has been in Australia once again, supporting the tennis and tweeting pictures of himself with top players. Now the indomitable Kevin Spacey has taken a big gamble with a new project.

The highly anticipated political thriller, House of Cards, will be available through Netflix on February 1. Starring Oscar- winner Kevin Spacey, it is a remake of the iconic 1995 BBC series.

Those who subscribe to Netflix will be able to download all 13 episodes of the first series at once. It is a move that is said to have cost Netflix $100 million.

Spacey takes on the lead role of Francis Underwood. He has worked with director David Fincher before in both Seven (1995) and The Social Network (2010). The collaborative approach has seen Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Beau Willimon work closely with both Michael Dobbs, author of original novel, and Andrew Davies, who wrote the BBC series.

It is a move away from traditional television viewing where viewers discuss the latest episode with friends and colleagues. Do you think it will work? Will you be downloading all 13 episodes of House of Cards?

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