They’ve only just started filming it – but that doesn’t mean we’re not already counting down the days until the next season of 'Homeland' hits our screens (it premieres in the States on September 30 and over here later in the year. Eek!). And now, news has reached us that is making us even more impatient for its arrival – the very lovely Rupert Friend is joining the cast.
The next series will see several new characters – one of which will be played by our very own Rupert, star of 'The Young Victoria' and 'Pride and Prejudice'. The 30-year-old actor – who went out with Keira Knightley for five years - will play CIA analyst Peter Quinn. So, that automatically makes him a good guy, right? Hmmm, we wouldn’t be so sure. We’ve watched enough episodes of '24' to know that a smiling secret agent is often the last person you should tell your secrets to. But – whether he’s a good guy or a baddie – his casting is very good news indeed.
The show’s creators certainly love a Brit – Sergeant Brody is played by Eton boy Damien Lewis, and Carrie’s boss, Estes, is played by Birmingham lad, David Harewood MBE. Also joining the cast is 'Lost' star Zuleikha Robinson, who will play a Middle Eastern journalist with links to terrorist Abu Nazir. Story details are being fiercely guarded, but last week US network Showtime got us all over-excited with two ten-second teaser trailers.
In more 'Homeland' news, the show picked up the award for Best Drama at the Critic’s Choice Television Awards in LA earlier this week, while Claire Danes won Best Actress (totally deserved if you ask us). The next series is shooting right now in Charlotte, North Carolina. The best thing on telly just got even better. We cannot wait.
by Clare Thorp