Politics

'House of Cards' Premiere Brings Stars to D.C.

Kelly, who was in D.C. for the State of Union, returns for the premiere. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Your favorite fictional, corrupt politicos are coming to town on Feb. 22. With "House of Cards" season four right around the corner, actors are traveling to Washington for the D.C. premiere.  

The stars will walk the red carpet starting at 8 p.m. outside the National Portrait Gallery. At 8:30 p.m., a screening of the season four premiere will begin in the gallery’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.  

Kevin Spacey, who plays (spoiler, if you’re really behind on the series) President Frank Underwood, will attend but Robin Wright, who plays first lady Claire Underwood, won’t be there.  

The Netflix series comes out on March 4, which will leave D.C.’ers and political junkies throughout the country glued to their computers until they finish the season.  

The actors who play Underwood’s fearless staffers, Michael Kelly, pivot character Doug Stamper, and Derek Cecil, Communications Director Seth Grayson, will attend.  

The fake politicos, besides Spacey, walking the red carpet are Elizabeth Marvel, who plays Underwood’s political rival Heather Dunbar, and Jayne Atkinson, who plays (also spoiler alert if you’re very behind) Secretary of State Catherine Durant.  

Also making an appearance is Nathan Darrow who plays a secret service agent, Underwood’s confidant Edward Meechum and Paul Sparks, who commands the role as Underwood’s biography author Thomas Yates. Sparks is also known for his role in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.  

Actress Neve Campbell, who has made appearances in "Grey’s Anatomy" and "Mad Men," is new to the show this season and will be on the red carpet.  

Mahershala Ali, who plays lobbyist-turned-Chief-of-Staff Remy Danton, isn’t on the actor list, which perhaps serves an insight into this season. He told E! News in March that he was unsure if it was the end for his character.  

According to the season four trailer , Underwood is as corrupt as always. “They say we get the leaders we deserve, I think America deserves Frank Underwood,” Spacey says in a trailer from the Oval Office as president as a montage recaps Underwood’s most crooked moments. With the unanswered questions season three still hanging in the balance, this season should be addictingly cringe worthy.  

Look back to HOH following the March 4 series return for a review of the fourth season of Washington’s favorite hate-to-love show.  

"House of Cards" isn’t filmed much in D.C., much to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s chagrin.  The democrat is pushing legislation to open Capitol grounds to commercial filming when Congress is out of town.  

Capitol grounds are off limits to Hollywood, so the Netflix series primarily films in Baltimore. In August 2014 , the crew filmed on the National Mall. For Capitol shots, the district only allows filming in Union Square, the 11-acre area below the west side of the Capitol and part of the plaza that includes the Reflecting Pool.  

 

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