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David Aaron Baker joins Homeland's third season

David Aaron Baker

Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Aaron Baker is one of several new cast members being added to the third season of Homeland.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Boardwalk Empire star is to play a character named Dr Harlan, an assessment shrink who looks set to provide psychological support for the likes of Saul (Mandy Patinkin), Carrie (Claire Danes) and other CIA survivors of the deadly blast that shook the season two finale.

Other confirmed guests include Joanna Merlin (of Law & Order: SVU fame) as Grandma Lois, Jessica Brody’s mother, and Nazanin Boniadi (How I Met Your Mother) as Fara, a capable analyst despite her young appearance.

Amy Morton will play Carrie Mathison’s CIA appointed attorney Erin Kimball, Gary Wilmes plays another psychiatrist, Dr Richardson, who is helping Dana Brody cope with recent events, and Sam Underwood plays Leo, a new friend of Dana’s with a troubled past.

There’s also Tracy Letts (Prison Break) as Senator Andrew Lockhart, the committee chairman investigating the attack, Lawrence Clayton (Dreamgirls, The Big C) as Admiral Jim Pennington, the president’s national security advisor and Pedro Pascal as Majority Counsel David Portillo, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Homeland‘s keenly anticipated third season will resume in the immediate aftermath of the bombing at Vice President Walden’s funeral and will focus on the search for newly outed (and now framed) ‘terrorist’ Nick Brody (Damian Lewis), now dubbed “the world’s most wanted terrorist”.

The series returns to US screens on September 29 with Channel 4 expected to start screening new episodes soon afterwards.

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