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Damian Lewis lines up US TV pilot Homeland

The Misanthrope

Story by Jack Foley

DAMIAN Lewis will be returning to US TV for forthcoming cable drama Homeland.

The British actor last ventured to American shores for the two-season cop drama Life but will now be travelling with fellow Brit Laura Fraser to film the pilot episode of the drama for the Showtime channel.

And Homeland boasts some promising credentials. The brainchild of 24 veterans Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, who have worked alongside Gideon Raff, the show will follow a US Marine Sergeant named Scott Brody (to be played by Lewis), who is taken prisoner in Iraq during the 2003 invasion.

After spending nearly a decade in captivity, Brody is released following an attack on an enemy stronghold and returns home. But his return is greeted by scepticism by a troubled CIA officer (played by Claire Danes), who suspects Brody’s escape was no coincidence and that he might be part of an Al Qaeda plot to strike against America.

Fraser has signed on to play Brody’s wife, while Mandy Patinkin will play a character named Saul, a long-standing CIA chief and the boss of Danes’ character.

Aside from Life, Lewis has also shone in TV dramas such as Band of Brothers and The Forsyte Saga. He will next be seen in the comedy movie Your Highness alongside Natalie Portman and James Franco.