Robin Wright in Talks to Star in Netflix's 'House of Cards' (Exclusive)

Robin Wright - Cannes Film Festival - 2009
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The actress is in early negotiations to play the female lead opposite Kevin Spacey.

Robin Wright is in early negotiations to play the female lead opposite Kevin Spacey in Netflix’s first original series, House of Cards.

The hourlong political thriller, based on the book and British miniseries of the same name, comes from Media Rights Capital. The Social Network director David Fincher is helming the pilot and will executive produce the series along with Eric Roth, Josh Donen and Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions partner Dana Brunetti. Beau Willimon (The Ides of March) wrote the pilot and will serve as an executive producer.

Netflix, with more than 20 million subscribers, has committed $100 million for 26 episodes of the drama, outbidding HBO, AMC and others for the series. The subscription service will stream the series exclusively beginning in late 2012.

House of Cards, which is scheduled to begin production on the first 13 episodes in spring 2012, will be Wright’s first TV series regular role since she played Kelly Capwell on the NBC soap Santa Barbara from 1984-88. She next appears in Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, due in December.

Wright is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Ziffren Brittenham.