Production on the sixth and final season of “House of Cards” resumed Wednesday with two new faces: Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear have joined the cast, Netflix announced. The two are filling the void in the revamped season in the wake of Kevin Spacey’s dismissal over sexual misconduct allegations last fall. And they’ll try to do what Spacey was never able to during his five-year tenure: win an Emmy.
Lane and Kinnear will play siblings on the show, which will now be headlined by Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood. No other details about their characters were released, but “House of Cards” has been an Emmy magnet when it comes to acting nominations. The drama has netted 22 nominations for its actors over the past five seasons, including a whopping eight in 2016, with one win for guest star Reg E. Cathey in 2015.
Both Oscar nominees for “Unfaithful” (2002) and “As Good as It Gets” (1997), respectively, Lane and Kinnear are also multiple Emmy nominees; she was up for “Lonesome Dove” in 1989 and the HBO film “Cinema Verite” in 2011, while Kinnear contended for his turn as JFK in Reelz’s “The Kennedys” also in 2011 and his guest spot on “Modern Family” the following year.
Their yet-to-be-filmed performances notwithstanding, nominations for Lane and Kinnear could serve as a further indictment of Spacey. Christopher Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World” and just got an Oscar nomination for his excellent performance in it — a film he saved literally at the last minute after the two-time Oscar winner’s scandal erupted. Wright received Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations in December for Season 5, while Spacey was predictably snubbed, confirming that awards bodies won’t punish people for others’ misdeeds. Will the Emmys follow suit? Wright and Spacey had been nominated for each of the first five seasons.
It’s unclear when Season 6 will be released. Netflix suspended production in the fall so producers could retool the series without Spacey. Last year, Season 5 dropped on May 30, the day before the Emmy deadline.