Showtime has found the President-Elect for the upcoming sixth season of Homeland.
Elizabeth Marvel has been set as Elizabeth Keane, the former US Senator for the state of New York who recently won the election and is waiting to be sworn in as the next President of the United States. The character is described as a natural politician who can be bright, charming, lively and blunt.
As TVWise previously reported, Homeland’s sixth season is being set and shot on location in New York City, and will take place during a presidential transition. “There is this strange period in America where there are 72 days when it’s not exactly clear who’s in charge”, Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa said. “That is a very complex transfer of power filled with all kinds of anxiety and different competing interests — it’s a dangerous time in our democracy.”
Elizabeth Marvel is no stranger to playing characters with presidential ambitions. She previously starred in Netflix’s House Of Cards (pictured, above) as US Solicitor General Heather Dunbar, who resigned her office in order to challenge President Frank Underwood for the Democratic nomination. Her previous television credits also include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Fargo and Person Of Interest.
This is the first piece of casting news for the new season of Homeland since Showtime confirmed that season six was being pushed to January 2017 and would feature returning cast members Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, F. Murray Abraham and Rupert Friend. It is also quite timely as it comes less than 24 hours after Hillary Clinton made history by formally becoming the first female candidate to secure the presidential nomination from a major party. Showtime is still in talks with Fox 21 Television Studios to pick up a seventh season of Homeland.