“House of Cards” is returning to Netflix in 2017, but when the new installment premieres, fans will find that one familiar face won’t be back for the show’s fifth season.
Mahershala Ali, who played Remy Danton on the series for the last four seasons, confirmed that he won’t be returning for season 5. Speaking with The Independent, the actor confirmed that he has done his last scenes as Remy in the series.
“I just did my last season of ‘House of Cards,’ I’m no longer on the show,” said Ali, adding that because he was able to contractually move out of the series, he was able to explore other opportunities and discover other roles.
Ali is now starring in Netflix’s other show, “Luke Cage,” as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. He is also set to star in four upcoming films “Hidden Figures,” which will premiere later this year, “Roxanne, Roxanne” and “The Personal History of Rachel Dupree,” which will open in theaters in 2017, and “Alita: Battle Angel” which premieres in 2018.
The actor said that “House of Cards” has opened up his career, as his brilliant turn as Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) press secretary gained him a lot of fans. In the season 4 finale, Remy was forced to flee Washington, D.C. after Tom Hammerschmidt (Boris McGiver) released an article which implicated Remy, Jackie (Molly Parker), and former President Garrett Walker (Michel Gill).
Ali told Entertainment Weekly that he knew that season 4 was going to be his last and he had conversations with the writers and the streaming service about how his character will leave the show.
“I had conversations with [the writers and Netflix] about making an exit, because I felt like Remy had said all he has to say,” the actor explained. “They were really kind about it, and we parted ways on good terms.”
“House of Cards” season 5 premieres in early 2017 on Netflix.