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Kevin Spacey to Star in 'House of Cards'

The actor also will be an executive producer on David Fincher's miniseries

Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey will star in and executive produce MRC's television series "House of Cards," TheWrap has confirmed.

David Fincher, who was nominated for an Academy Award for directing "The Social Network," is directing the pilot and producing the show. Beau Willimon, who is attached to George Clooney's "Ides of March," wrote the pilot.

Eric Roth, who wrote Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,"  is also an executive producer, as are Joshua Donen and Dana Brunetti also are executive producers.

The series is adapted from the 1990 British miniseries and the book, which follows a British politician who wants to be prime minister. It did well in the UK, winning a BAFTA and an Emmy.

The Fincher version is set in the United States.

The show has not been taken to networks.