Sebastian Koch (The Lives Of Others), Miranda Otto (The Lord Of The Rings), Alexander Fehling (Inglorious Basterds and Sarah Sokolovic (Cold Comes The Night) have joined the cast of Showtime’s hit counter-terrorism drama Homeland as series regulars for its upcoming fifth season.
The 12 episode fifth season of the CIA drama will be set two years after season four, following Carrie’s ill-fated tenure as CIA station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan. Struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the “war on terror,” Carrie finds herself in a self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm.
Sebastian Koch has been cast as Otto Düring, Carrie’s new boss and a German philanthropist; Miranda Otto as Allison Carr, the CIA’s station chief in Berlin; Sarah Sokolovic as Laura Sutton, an American journalist in Berlin who works for the Düring Foundation; and Alexander Fehling as Jonas Happich, legal counsel for the Düring Foundation and Carrie’s new boyfriend.
This latest round of casting comes after Showtime and series producer Fox 21 Television Studios previously announced that in addition to being set in Germany, Homeland would become the first US television series to shoot in Berlin, with the production setting up shop at the famed Studio Babelsberg.
At that time, the two companies would only confirm that Claire Danes would be returning to reprise her role as Carrie Mathison, without speaking to the status of any other main cast members. Now, with production set to commence next week, Showtime has also revealed that Mandy Patinkin will be back as Saul Berenson, who is once again director of the CIA. Also reprising their roles this season as series regulars are F. Murray Abraham (Dar Adal) and Rupert Friend (Peter Quinn).