Life's Damian Lewis Joins Claire Danes In Showtime Pilot

Showtime’s Homeland drama pilot is in the home stretch when it comes to rounding out its cast.

Previously, the series cast Emmy winner Claire Danes (Temple Grandin) in the lead role of Carrie Anderson, a CIA officer who comes to suspect that an American soldier who has miraculously escaped from years of captivity in Iraq may in fact now be part of an Al Qaeda plot.

Damian Lewis, familiar to TV viewers from his run on NBC’s short-lived Life, has now been cast as the aforementioned POW, U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody.

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Further fleshing out the Homeland cast are Laura Fraser (A Knight’s Tale) and Diego Klattenhoff (Men In Trees‘ hockey star, Ivan), playing Brody’s wife and best bud, respectively.

Original Criminal Minds cast member Mandy Patankin plays Carrie’s CIA boss and mentor.

Homeland begins production this month, and is executive-produced by 24‘s Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.

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6 Comments
  1. Court says:

    Loved Damian Lewis on Life, but why must he so often play bad guys? He’s lovely.

  2. Stacey says:

    Exciting. I was wondering about Damien just the other day, thinking my tv viewing is lacking real actors who have serious chops.

  3. DL says:

    Love Damien Lewis. Nice to see both he and his Life co-star Sarah Shahi have new gigs.

  4. z says:

    Mandy Patankin back on TV? Let’s see how long it lasts this time!

  5. maliu says:

    It was tragic that “Life” ended so soon but this Homeland drama sounds intriguing.

  6. ron says:

    sometimes a show should go on just for the minority who really enjoy watching, you big tv guys could give us something for all our years
    of loyalty…….life was one of those films……..another is house…..benefit over profit just once and awhile you big guys

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