Claire Danes‘s Carrie Mathison will no longer be a CIA agent when the next season of “Homeland” returns this fall, but from the latest casting news to come out of Showtime, it sounds like our favorite bipolar operative will find her way back into the fold sooner or later.
The cable network has announced four new series regulars for the spy drama’s coming fifth outing, which will be set in Berlin, two years after the fourth season (and Carrie’s stint as Islamabad station chief) ended. Miranda Otto (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) plays Berlin CIA chief of station Allison Carr, who reports directly to Carrie’s mentor, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin).
Sebastian Koch (“The Lives of Others“) is Otto Düring, Carrie’s German-philanthropist boss. Sarah Sokolovic (“Cold Comes the Night“) is Laura Sutton, an American journalist in Berlin. Alexander Fehling (“Inglourious Basterds“), in the most interesting casting of all, is Jonas Happich, legal counsel for the Düring Foundation – and Carrie’s new boyfriend.
In addition to Danes and Patinkin, Showtime has also confirmed the return of series stars Rupert Friend (Peter Quinn) and F. Murray Abraham (Dar Adal) for the fifth season.
“Homeland” begins production in Berlin today as the first American TV series to shoot entirely in Germany. When the show returns to Showtime in the fall, we will find a disillusioned Carrie Mathison working in Berlin for a private security firm and estranged from the CIA.