The original Netflix series "House of Cards" began the week with transforming Havre de Grace into a small town in South Carolina and will end it with an open casting call at the Bel Air Armory Sunday 3 to 8 p.m.
While it isn't the first time Harford County has been the backdrop for a Hollywood production, it certainly is the most recent and possibly the most expensive. "Cards" is also one in a handful of shows that have filmed in the Baltimore-metropolitan area in the past few years and focus on Washington politics.
This will be the first series for movie rental-based company Netflix, and one they are fully committing to.
Rather than following the typical procedure of filming a TV pilot and ordering more episodes based on the ratings that viewing receives, Netflix has already committed $100 million to the first two seasons of "Cards," the first being 13 episodes.
They have every reason to believe the show will succeed.
The series stars Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey ("American Beauty," "The Usual Suspects"), Robin Wright ("Moneyball") and Kate Mara ("American Horror Story").
In addition, the show's producer is David Fincher, the director of "The Social Network" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and executive producer/screenwriter Beau Willimon is an Academy Award nominee for his work on "Ides of March," another political thriller.
Spacey plays a South Carolina Senator - Havre de Grace being the backdrop for his hometown of Gaffney - in this remake of a 1990 British drama that originally focused on Parliament. Spacey, of course, is no stranger to British drama, spending a great deal of his time in London, where he is artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre.
"'House of Cards' has been a great boom for the county," Harford County Economic Development Director Jim Richardson told The Aegis before shooting began in Havre de Grace this week.
Although the county doesn't have exact numbers, he continued, it does know the "Cards" crew has leased 15,000 square-feet of office space and more than 130,000 square-feet of warehouse space.
Some of those extras will surely come from Sunday's casting call, where the crew will be looking for actors to play hill staffers, aides, reporters, politicians, lobbyists and "elegant Washington types."
There was also a casting call in Stevenson in late March.
The city of Havre de Grace is thrilled that they are getting the Hollywood treatment.
"Thank you for choosing our beautiful city and you're more than welcome back any time," Mayor Wayne Dougherty told crew members who visited during the most recent city council meeting to explain what they would be doing in the city.
On Tuesday, "Cards" shot in a field on the corner of Route 155 and Aldino Road at the Hopkins Farm.