Showtime series pilot 'Homeland' gets Damian Lewis for lead as casting continues

Damian Lewis Sergeant Scott BrodyDamian Lewis plays U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody
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New Showtime programming chief David Nevins has given the series pilot order for the psychological thriller "Homeland," which will be filmed in and around the Charlotte, NC area in mid-January, 2011. The production is currently casting principal actors in Los Angeles, and also casting extras in North Carolina to appear on the show. Talent can submit via email or postal mail.

Primetime Emmy winning Howard Gordon, Primetime Emmy nominated Alex Gansa, and the talented Director/Writer/Producer Gideon Raff all co-wrote the series pilot and will together serve as executive producers. Gorden and Gansa were executive producers on the hit Fox Network series "24" and "The X-Files".

Loosely based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli series "Prisoners of War", "Homeland" follows U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who 10 years earlier disappeared in Iraq, then resurfaced and has recently recovered from injuries suffered during a drone strike. Carrie Anderson, an intelligent, driven CIA officer, gets a tip that Body, who is being feted as a returning war hero, actually has switched sides and will direct an imminent attack against the U.S. on American soil.

Golden Globe Award nominee Damian Lewis will play the lead role of Marine Sergeant Scott Brody. Tony Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor Mandy Patinkin will play the role of 63 year old CIA Division Chief emeritus Saul Berenson. Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winning actress Claire Danes has signed on to portray Carrie Anderson.

Showtime Networks "Dexter" director Michael Cuesta will helm the pilot episode of "Homeland".

Numerous principal actor roles are being cast out of Los Angeles The following is also needed in the Charlotte, NC region:

For photo shoot on Monday January 10, 2010:

• 5 year old girl with brown to light brown hair, brown or hazel eyes.
• Baby boy 6-8 months old.

Send a recent current color snapshot and contact information to:

Put "MONDAY" in the subject line of your email submission.

Picture Cars needed:

• Adults with American made vehicles, 2000 -2011 models.

Send a recent current color snapshot of your vehicle and your contact information to:

Put "PICTURE CAR" in the subject line of your email.

Extras needed:

• Fit Military Men ages 18-45
• Fit and Experienced Male Honor/Color Guard age’s 20's-30's
• Police and Secret Service types
• Preppie Adults ages 25-55
• Photographers with Camera
• Men ages 20's- 40's of the following descents:

Middle Eastern, Greek, Lebanese, Persian, Hispanic, Colombian, Indian, Turkish.

Stand-Ins needed (must be able to work multiple days):

• Female, 20-30 yrs, Caucasian, 5’5-5’6, Blonde, Light Colored Eyes
• Female, 20-30 yrs, Caucasian, 5’3, Brown Hair, Hazel Eyes
• Male, 20-30 yrs, Caucasian, 6’1 Red Hair, Blue/ Light Eyes
• Male, 20 -30 yrs, African American, 6’, Black Hair, Brown Eyes
• Male, 20-40 yrs, Caucasian, 6’1 , Dark Hair, Brown Eyes

In addition to the above, ALL types and ages of extras will be needed.

Submit your information by either email or postal mail. Send a recent current color snapshot along with your name, phone number(s), address, email address, height, weight, hair and eye color, age, all clothing sizes including hat and shoes, days of the week you are available, and any jobs, hobbies, skills or previous experience working as an extra.

DO NOT include any links to your websites, as casting directors will not visit any sites to view information or download.

Send by postal mail to:

Homeland Extras
Tona B. Dahlquist Casting
P.O. Box 4427
Irmo, SC 29063

Send via email to:

Please put "HOMELAND EXTRAS" in the subject line of your email.

For your convenience, you may fill out the following form and attach it to your email submission:

Showtime's Homeland Talent Profile

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.

Los Angeles:

Junie Lowry Johnson
Libby Goldstein
Homeland Casting
1041 N. Formosa Avenue
Formosa Building
Room 94
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Audition Location:

20th Century FOX
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Building 3
Room 205
Los Angeles, CA 90064


Galaxy Parking Structure
10290 Galaxy Way
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Off Avenue of The Stars and Galaxy Way
Click Here for directions.
Get a map of the 20th Century FOX Studio lot from the guard gate.

Executive Producer Howard Gordon's assistant, Jose Cabrera, is the studio casting contact for talent selected by the show's casting directors Junie Lowry Johnson and Libby Goldstein.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Teakwood Lane Productions
817 Hamilton Street
Charlotte, NC 28206

FOX 21
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Building 103
5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Executive Producers/Writers: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff

Producers: Michael Klick, Avi Nir, Ron Telem

Director: Michael Cuesta


Damian Lewis - Marine Sergeant Scott Brody
Claire Danes - Carrie Anderson
David Harewood - CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence David Estes
Mandy Patinkin - CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson
Diego Klattenhoff - Marine Colonel Mike Faber


The story of an U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody who is recovered during a drone strike 10 years after going missing during the invasion of Baghdad. It centers on Carrie Anderson, a smart, driven and iconoclastic CIA case officer who tracks down threats to homeland security coming from the Middle East. She receives a tip from an informant that the American POW enjoying a hero's welcome home has been turned and he is leading the next big strike against the American homeland. The series chronicles Anderson's efforts to expose Brody and uncover the truth.