Damian Lewis, Laura Fraser & David Harewood Join ‘Homeland’ Cast

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 12:48 am,

Showtime’s 24-esque domestic terror drama, Homeland, is fleshing out its cast in preparation for initial shooting in January. In addition to Mandy Patinkin and Claire Danes, Damian Lewis has been cast as the fugitive/terrorist Scott Brody. Laura Frasier will play his wife Jessica and David Harewood also joins the cast cast as the Deputy Director of the CIA.

Homeland will follow Sgt. Scott Brody (Lewis), a Marine who returns home after years of being held hostage by terrorists in Iraq. The soldier immediately becomes the subject of a CIA investigation, under suspicion of colluding with his former captors. Lewis’ previous work on Band of Brothers makes him an ideal choice for the role.

Laura Frasier, best known to Screen Rant readers as the female armorer from A Knight’s Tale, plays his wife Jessica Brody. Mandy Patinkin will play a CIA boss assigned to the case, his first major TV role after leaving Criminal Minds in 2007. Claire Danes (Stardust, Shopgirl) has been cast as Carrie Anderson, the agent assigned to investigate Brody. David Harewood (Blood Diamond, the BBC’s Robin Hood TV series) will play a young and ambitious CIA Deputy Director.

The story synopsis of Homeland leads many to believe that Showtime is hoping for a cable version of the action/drama style 24 hit it big with years ago. Since the Kiefer Sutherland series ended earlier this year, nothing has stepped up to take its place on network TV. Their choice of writers, namely Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, both have writing and producing credits on 24 and will undoubtedly aim to have this show fill that void. Director Michael Cuesta’s previous work includes other cable dramas like Dexter and Six Feet Under.

If 24 fans have ever craved a more raw, uncompromising version of the national security drama, Showtime might be ready to deliver. Without the FCC restrictions on network TV, cable shows can – and do – let loose with full-on movie-style action and storytelling. Showtime’s current flagship series Dexter illustrates this perfectly. Both 24 and Dexter have been ratings powerhouses – combining the tension and topicality of the former with the mature themes of the latter could be a winner with cable viewers.

Whatever Showtime’s got planned, we won’t have to wait too long to find out. Homeland will start initial filming in less than a month, with a probable debut in fall 2011.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  1. damian lewis got totally screwed on his nbc show, life – all because fat head leno wanted that time spot. and for that – i hate you leno and all your whiny monologues.

  2. Life was an amazing show. I’m gonna watch this show for Lewis. Also because it sounds good.

  3. “If 24 fans have ever craved a more raw, uncompromising version of the national security drama, Showtime might be ready to deliver.”

    Ummmm. 24 may not have had oodles of bad language but it was fairly uncompromising, it was downright brutal in places, unflinchingly violent. Season 8 for example, when the terrorist swallowed the sim card, Jack GUTTED him.

  4. I really wanna watch this, Damian Lewis was brilliant on Life, a brilliant show that did not deserve what happened to it.

  5. I’m so proud of my boyfriend who is in the homeland cast :) I love you brad <3

  6. Laura Fraser got fired because of Clare D.

  7. If they want this to be more realistic, the lead character needs to get a damn haircut and look like a Marine. Otherwise, he has an Air Force head of hair. I don’t watch the show on account of how unrealistic and phony it looks with him wearing a Marine Corps uniform and looking like he hasn’t seen a barber in 6 months.

    • r u expect him to have the Jarhead mentality, he isnt, hes been turned, im sure if d president accepts his fringe,u guys get all fangy dangy wif ur Semper Fidelis, do or die, basic bullet stopper mentality,what if he had a fresh Mohawk every week, off the cuff n off the ears,hell i love marines,im used to being surrounded so t speak,played hard big time in d P.I,Clark n Subic,n band of brothers kicked ass,how winters got threw that i dont know, he was a great CO,good luck with helmend,marky C company 3RAR!