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As filming on the Showtime drama’s fifth season gets underway this week, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that four new players will have regular status when the show returns in the fall. Among them is Lord of the Rings actress Miranda Otto. She’ll be joined by Sarah Sokolovic (Cold Comes the Night) and German actors Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others) and Alexander Fehling (Inglourious Basterds).
With the bulk of the action in the season shifting to the German capital, the foursome will join returning regulars Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin.
Otto, who also will be a co-star in HBO’s upcoming Westworld, will play a Berlin chief of station, working under Patinkin’s Saul Berenson. The other three will be working with Danes’ Carrie Mathison. Koch fills the role of her new boss, German philanthropist Otto During, while Sokolovic and Fehling play colleagues at the Düring Foundation. (The latter is also Carrie’s new boyfriend.)
The 12-episode season marks another reboot, of sorts, for Homeland. The drama is making a habit of shifting locales and focus since the season three departure of lead Damian Lewis.
Speaking about where the show will turn its focus, after the fourth season spent in Cape Town (doubling for Pakistan), showrunner Alex Gansa had this to say: Look at what’s going on in the Middle East, look at what’s going on in Syria and Iraq, look what’s happening in the Ukraine. We’ll be in Europe telling this story. It’s all going to be part of the world she’s in.”
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