Netflix orders fifth season of ‘House Of Cards’ for 2017

However, showrunner Beau Willimon is stepping down

Ahead of season four’s launch in March, Netflix has commissioned a fifth season of House Of Cards to air in 2017.

However, the acclaimed drama’s showrunner Beau Willimon will not be returning for season five and his successor has yet to be announced.

Willimon thanked Netflix and the show’s “incandescent stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright” in a press statement, saying: “After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavours, but I’m supremely proud of what we’ve built together, wish the show much continued success, and leave it in the hands of a very capable team.”

Meanwhile, Netflix thanked Willimon for his “strong narrative vision” and hailed him for having “built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history.”

The fourth season of House Of Cards will debut on Netflix on March 4 – slightly later than the show’s usual launch date in February. As with previous seasons, all the new episodes will be released simultaneously, allowing fans to watch at their leisure.

Kevin Spacey and Michel Kelly will once again be joined by Robin Wright as Frank’s equally scheming wife Claire Underwood, while Scream actress Neve Campbell has joined the cast in a series regular role. Campbell’s character has yet to be revealed, but it is believed she will be playing a new rival to the Underwoods, potentially one half a younger Frank and Claire-style power couple. Watch the creepy new teaser for season four here.

Since premiering in 2013, House Of Cards has become one of Netflix’s most popular and critically acclaimed original series. Spacey and Wright have each won a Golden Globe award for their performances on the show, which is based on a 1990s BBC mini-series of the same name.