‘House of Cards’ Renewed for Season 5 by Netflix

Showrunner Beau Willmon departing series after fourth season

Netflix has renewed “House of Cards” for Season 5 ahead of its Season 4 premiere, the streaming platform announced Thursday.

Season 4 of “House of “Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will premiere on March 4. Season 5 will debut in 2017.

Showrunner Beau Willimon, who guided the show for its first four seasons, will depart prior to Season 5.

“I’m grateful to Netflix and MRC, my fellow executive producers, our two incandescent stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, our talented writers, as well as the incredible cast and crew with whom I’ve had the privilege to work,” Willimon said in a statement. “After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavors, 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.”

“Netflix and MRC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for ‘House of Cards’ over the show’s first four seasons,” the company said in a statement. “As an Academy Award nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure.”

“House of Cards” is executive produced by David Fincher, Willimon, Joshua Donen, Eric Roth, Kevin Spacey” href=”http://www.thewrap.com/tag/kevin_spacey/”>Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, along with Andrew Davies and Michael Dobbs from the eponymous BBC miniseries and novel.

The Netflix original drama is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.

“House of Cards” was the first streaming series to be nominated for primetime Emmy awards in 2013, and Spacey took home a Best Actor trophy in 2015. He also has a Golden Globe win, as does Wright.