Danes Signs On For Showtime's 'Homeland' Pilot


For his first pilot project, Showtime president of Entertainment David Nevins has reached out to acclaimed actress and Emmy winner Clair Danes.
The network has ordered the pilot for Homeland from Fox 21, a series loosely based on Raff's Israeli television series Prisoners of War.
Written by Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Gideon Raff, Homeland centers on an American soldier taken prisoner during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Left for dead, the soldier amazingly returns to the U.S. after years in captivity. Danes will portray Carrie Anderson, a driven CIA officer battling her own psychological demons, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to his re-capture was a setup and that this national hero may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.
Set to begin production in January, the pilot will be executive-produced by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa (24, X-Files). Michael Cuesta (Dexter) is set to direct.
Showtime said casting for the role of sergeant Scott Brody, the male lead, will be announced shortly.
"Claire is an amazing actress with an intense and varied body of work," said Nevins, who joined Showtime in August, in making the announcement. "We feel incredibly lucky to have drawn someone of her talent and accomplishment to what promises to be an extremely important project for us."
Danes picked up the Emmy as lead actress in a movie or miniseries for the lead role in HBO's autism telepic, Temple Grandin.