Hannibal star Hugh Dancy is joining Showtime’s counter-terrorism drama Homeland in a recurring role for its upcoming eighth and final season. Production on the final season is now underway ahead of a premiere later this year.
He will play John Zabel, a savvy Washington consultant who joins the White House as a new foreign-policy advisor to the President and a formidable opponent to Saul Berenson. Dancy joins a returning cast that includes Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson and Beau Bridges as President Warner.
Homeland follows Carrie Mathison, a CIA case officer who finds herself battling her own demons while she works on the front lines of the War on Terror. The drama series was developed or American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon and is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios. Gansa, Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Deb Cahn, Lesli Linka Glatter, Patrick Harbinson, Claire Danes, Michael Klick, Gideon Raff, Avi Nir and Ran Telem serve as executive producers.
In the show’s final season, Carrie Mathison is recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured – which is a problem for Saul, now National Security Advisor to the newly ascendant President Warner. The top priority of Warner’s young administration is an end to the “forever war” in Afghanistan, and Saul has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations. But Kabul teems with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies – and Saul needs the relationships and expertise that only his protégé can provide. Against medical advice, Saul asks Carrie to walk with him into the lion’s den – one last time.