Homeland began filming in Charlotte
this week and will continue filming through the end of the month:
Hollywood has come to town, and south Charlotte’s Mountainbrook
neighborhood is front and center.
Film giant 20th Century Fox is shooting a pilot episode of a TV show,
“Homeland,” for Showtime and they’re filming much of it in Charlotte.
The show is about U.S. Marine Sgt. Scott Brody (played by British actor
Damian Lewis) who spent eight years as a prisoner of war in Baghdad and was
presumed dead. Recently rescued, Brody has returned to his wife and kids and
is lauded as a hero.
But CIA agent Carrie Anderson (played by Emmy award-winning actress
Claire Danes) suspects that he’s plotting an attack on America.
“The questions is, ‘Is he the hero he appears to be?’ ” said producer
Michael Click, who used to work with Fox’s hit action drama “24.” “It’s a
little bit of a whodunit.”
Click said he thinks viewers will tune in because of the modern issues it
“It has a lot of timely aspects to it, in terms of fears of terrorism,
prisoners of war, internal threats to the government,” said Click. “There
are a lot of threats explored in a family-drama situation.”
When deciding where to film, Fox chose North Carolina because the state
offered tax breaks. They picked Charlotte and the South Park area, in
particular, because the homes’ architecture resembles that of suburban
Virginia, where the show is set.
Charlotte’s uptown area could resemble Washington, D.C.
“It was a good match,” said Click. “It’s a very nice downtown – modern, a
lot of good looks to it. It doesn’t have the broad boulevards that D.C. has
but it will make a good double. There are a number of governmental buildings
we could use in terms of walk-and-talk conversations. And if you need to go
to Washington, it’s a two-hour flight up the road.”
Read the rest at The Charlotte Observer.
‘Oziegirl17’, a member at the Yahoo! Group, has learned that the pilot will also film in Washington, DC and Tel Aviv and if the if the pilot is picked up, Damian Lewis will return to Charlotte in June for 5 months. Read her post here.
More on the start of production:
WSJ – From Producer Howard Gordon: “We started on Monday [in Charlotte, North Carolina] and there was
the blizzard of the century, so they shut us down for two days. But we are
FOX Charlotte – Details on the casting call in
Charlotte. Find more info at the Homeland Casting Facebook page.
BlackSkyRadio.com broadcast their 3-hour tribute to Major Richard Winters on Wednesday that can be
listened to here on their Band of Brothers blog. They
added more tributes from cast members including this one from Damian
I was honoured to have played, no, represent Major Winters on the screen. He
was unstinting in his support of the project and of me. He welcomed me to
his house in Hershey, introduced me to his loving wife, Ethel, and
constantly exhorted me to “Hang Tough!” He has died quietly, in private,
without fanfare, with the same modesty that he lived his life as one of the
most celebrated soldiers of his generation. I will miss him and I thank him.
Click here at PennLive.com for details on the memorial service to be held Saturday, March 19th.