Netflix have unveiled a scorching trailer for the upcoming third season of House of Cards. Kevin Spacey was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the show’s second season, which saw his character, Frank Underwood, finally reaching the Oval Office and being sworn in as President. The new season will be released online from Friday 27th February – make sure to clear your calenders for another Netflix binge!
Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) has been cast in the key role of serial killer Francis Dolarhyde, set to appear in the new season of Hannibal. The character, also nicknamed The Tooth Fairy thanks to his sharpened teeth, originally appeared in Red Dragon and was famously played by Ralph Fiennes in the 2002 film. Armitage’s casting comes alongside the news that Michael Pitt (Seven Psychopaths) will not be returning as rich psychopath Mason Verger, who has been recast in the form of Joe Anderson (Across the Universe).
Amazon Studios has signed a deal with Woody Allen to create a ten episode series, in what will be the writer-director’s first television project. There are as yet no details regarding plot or casting.
The first trailer has also been released for Channel 4’s new drama series Indian Summers about the fall of the British Raj and the emergence of a new India. Written by Paul Rutman (Vera), the series is a joint production with US network PBS and stars Julie Walters (Harry Potter), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Anna Karenina), Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty), Jemima West (The Mortal Instruments) and Nikesh Patel (Bedlam).
The CW announced a slew of renewals for next season including (deep breath) The 100, Arrow, Jane the Virgin, Reign, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Flash and Supernatural.
And finally, Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons) has landed the part of Robert Jekyll in ITV’s upcoming Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde adaptation from Charlie Higson (The Fast Show). Bateman will be joined by Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I), Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street), Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones), Stephanie Hyam (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Amit Shah (The Hundred Foot Journey) and Christian McKay (The Theory of Everything).