If you’re wondering who Corey Stoll is, you may recognize him as the best part of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. The actor played Ernest Hemingway in that film, and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Now, he’s joined Netflix’s first original television series “House of Cards,” alongside some other fantastic talent. David Fincher is set to direct the pilot, and Kevin Spacey is playing the lead in the rehash of a 1990 British TV series. More on the plot of the show and Stoll’s role after the jump.
The political thriller will see Spacey playing Frank Underwood, the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. When someone else is awarded the position of Secretary of State instead of him, Underwood comes up with a scheme to bring down the new president. According to Deadline (via The Playlist), Stoll “will play Patrick Russo, a loose-cannon, womanizing three-term Italian-American congressman, divorced with two kids, who is having a torrid affair with his secretary (Kristen Connolly). When Russo gets caught driving drunk with a call-girl passenger, Underwood intervenes to save him from the scandal — but at a high cost.”
The pilot is written by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March). “House of Cards” is committed to at least 26 episodes, and the show will begin airing in late 2012.