Damian Lewis will be LIVE on Black Sky Radio on Wednesday, March 2nd
at 9:30pm GMT (4:30pm EST) as part of the Band Of Brothers Cast Interviews 2010/11!
Questions for Damian Lewis can be sent to producer Ross Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions can also be posted in the chatroom held here during the live interview.
Interviews with Band Of Brothers cast members have been airing live almost every week since June in celebration of the drama’s 10 year anniversary. To listen to past interviews or for more information, visit the Band of Brothers Cast Interviews 2010/11 blog. For the latest updates, visit their Twitter and Facebook pages.
Damian Lewis’s personal assistant, Michael, sent us a small update. No broadcast date to report for Stolen but to look out for Damian in the Metro, The Times, the Daily Mail and other papers. Regarding Man is Wolf to Man, he thinks “this is all dependent on Homeland. There are a few other things Damian is working on and in discussions with, this will all be confirmed once Homeland is decided on.”
- In an interview with TV Squad Homeland producer Howard Gordon says that the tentative broadcast date for Homeland is September.
On to ‘Homeland,’ with Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. Would you describe it as more of a psychological thriller than an action thriller?
Yeah, very much so … ’24’ always had a kind of heightened reality. I think it had a nice emotional integrity, but always in a heightened kind of context. This really does feel like it’s happening in the real world, because it has that kind of slow, observational, very human storyline. So it is more of a psychological thriller. I think in some ways, it’s taking some of the same material, obviously, and looking at it in an entirely different way.
You’re working with Showtime for ‘Homeland.’ How is that experience different from working with a network, the things that you can do, the pace that you can employ to tell the story?
Showtime feels to me like the difference between … a major studio movie and independent film. There’s a kind of fearlessness there, to be nuanced and to be slow … to take your time, I should say. Slow is not a good word. But, just the medium itself. The fact that there are no commercial breaks changes the rhythm and changes the whole experience. And of course, the latitude you have in terms of material.
What’s the timeframe for it? Is there a planned premiere date?
The idea would be in September. Nothing is written in stone. We have to finish this (pilot) first, and they have to like it, but I think it would come out next September.
The Cambridge Jones exhibit, Talking Pictures, is now on display at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park from March 3rd to April 24th. The exhibit features celebrities like Damian Lewis, Matthew Rhys, Ioan Gruffudd, and Michael Sheen who are of Welsh descent. See this PR Newswire article for more info.
by Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times, February 5, 2011
From the writers of 24, the American drama Homeland is a dark thriller with a top-notch cast and some pretty big questions, says Stephen Armstrong
You can understand a lot about America by watching its television, although the process can be as nerve-racking as observing an alcoholic parent and measuring the number of glasses consumed. If you watch carefully, you can register the state of health of the world’s most powerful nation.
Take the quantum shift between the multi season series 24, American television’s response to 9/ll in 2001, and the new hit serial Homeland, the first season of which ended in December. In 24, agent lack Bauer faced down terror by any means necessary. He beat, tortured, endured and raced towards certain victory, confident that, once the traitors were unmasked, all would be well. You don’t need a newspaper to connect the dots between a certain kind of muscular public opinion and the stuff it watches on TV. The uncertainties of the Obama years, however, have produced Homeland, a dark, paranoid thriller that is effectively an apology for 24. Continue reading Inspiring Terror, The Sunday Times, February 5, 2011
Two more on-set photos were added to the Homeland Casting Facebook page including the one above. You can view them
on Facebook or here at the
gallery. Filming has now completed in Charlotte and they’ll be shooting in Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv
for a few days. According to producers, they’ll learn whether Showtime has decided to greenlight the show in late February or March. If picked up, filming would
begin in Charlotte in June with the first episodes broadcasting on Showtime in late August.
Actually in production is “Homeland,” loosely based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli TV series “Prisoners of War.” Raff is writing the pilot along with Gordon and his longtime writing partner, Alex Gansa.
Damian Lewis (“Life,” “Band of Brothers”) stars as U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who miraculously reappears after being take prisoner and thought dead during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Claire Danes (“Temple Grandin”) plays Carrie Anderson, a CIA agent who has her doubts about Brody — and some of her own secrets as well.
“She plays a bipolar CIA agent,” says Gordon. “They don’t know she’s bipolar; she does. She is [on meds]. She’s handling it, man, she’s handling it. She’s very good at what she does, but there’s also obviously an Achilles heel with her pathology.
“Brody is one of two guys that were presumed dead. He’s found years later and comes back. There’s all this soap opera that we took from the Israeli series, which is his best friend is sleeping with his wife, albeit secretly. She was never willing to go public with the relationship, because she had the slender hope he was alive.
“Nevertheless, it’s complicated. What makes it more complicated is that Carrie has been told by someone she knew in the field years ago, a terrorist who was part of al-Qaeda in Iraq, who, before he was executed, told her that there’s a POW that’s been turned — and it might be this guy.
“It’s an unpopular opinion, because the powers that be want to take this guy and embrace him as the American hero he is — or is he?”
The pilot has been shooting in Charlotte, N.C., and Gordon says, “We’re going to Washington, D.C. to shoot a day and then Israel for two days. double it as Baghdad. It really feels terrific.
“We’ll be putting it together, and we’ll probably get an idea of whether it’s going to be on the air on Showtime as early as early March, is my guess, or late February.”
Producer Michael Klick has told The Charlotte Observer, if the series is picked up, it would film from June to October and episodes would begin airing on Showtime around the end of August, while the series is still in production.
The Charlotte Observer has more information on the Homeland pilot currently filming in Charlotte:
Hollywood comes to N.C.
Gordon says North Carolina was an easy sell for his “Homeland” team.
“The tax credits were great, and Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, who are two of our lead actors, are based in New York (so) it was a commutable distance for them,” says Gordon, whose executive-producing credits also include “The X-Files” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” “We scouted Wilmington as well, but the architecture and everything worked better here.”
Charlotte is standing in for the Virginia-D.C. area, Gordon says.
In addition to the Carolinas Aviation Museum, filming is taking place at locations including south Charlotte’s Mountainbrook neighborhood, the Ritz-Carlton in uptown, and the closed Philip Morris USA plant in Concord, which is doubling as the CIA headquarters.
The show stars British actor Damian Lewis as a U.S. Marine sergeant who comes home a war hero after having been held as a prisoner of war in Baghdad for eight years, during which time he was presumed dead. Claire Danes (“Temple Grandin”) plays a CIA agent who suspects that he’s plotting an attack on America.
Gordon says the plan is to continue shooting in Charlotte if the show gets picked up.
For those near Charlotte – there are still calls for extras! To keep track of Homeland casting call news visit the Homeland Casting Facebook page.