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.
Diego Klattenhoff has been cast in the Showtime pilot Homeland. Klattenhoff is a Canadian actor who starred in the 2008 ABC series Men in Trees with Anne Heche.
In Homeland he’ll play Mike Faber, a Marine colonel and the best friend of Scott Brody (Damian Lewis), the lead character who returns after years in exile in Iraq only to raise the suspicion of a CIA agent (Claire Danes) who suspects that Brody may now harbor anti-American, jihadist tendencies.
Mandy Patinkin plays Danes’ boss. And Laura Fraser co-stars as Brody’s wife.
Adapted from the Israeli television series Prisoners of War, Homeland is executive produced by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, veterans of Fox’s terrorism drama 24. (Klattenhoff had a small part in the 2009 season of 24.)
The pilot begins shooting in early January. Gordon, Gansa and Prisoners of War creator Gideon Raff wrote the pilot script. Dexter’s Michael Cuesta will direct for Fox 21.
Homeland is the first pilot developed under David Nevins’ watch as president of entertainment at Showtime. Nevins described Homeland as a departure for the premium cable network.
“It’s a great psychological study like all the best Showtime shows,” he said. “But it actually is much more than that in the fact that it’s a psychological thriller with a real ticking clock and real edge-of-your seat elements.”
New Project? Damian is listed on the Lords of Magic IMDb page as being rumored for a role in the project. The film written by Gary Van Haas and to be directed by Rob Walker concerns the story of “British Lords and their attempts to conjure spirits and summon the dead. A journey into the arcane world of ‘real magic’ when famous writers such as Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, and William Butler Yeats practiced magic in the occult as an art.” There’s a good synopsis at the Angel Motion Pictures official website. The film is listed as being in pre-production and is tentatively set to begin filming in Belgium in 2011.
Gallery Update: 2 old photoshoots of Damian have been added to the albums below.
Showtime’s drama pilot Homeland has assembled a pretty solid cast. Former Life star Damian Lewis has been tapped to star opposite Claire Danes in the pilot from 24 executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. Lewis will play the male lead in the project, which centers on Marine Sergeant Scott Brody (Lewis), who returns home after spending eight years as a prisoner of war in Baghdad, and Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes), a driven CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America. Scott, who was discovered during a U.S. attack on an enemy base, was brought to the U.S. with much fanfare and is happy to be home with his family, wife Jessica (Laura Fraser), and two kids, but still carries with him the trauma of his imprisonment and torture. Lewis, a British screen and stage actor, is best known in the U.S. for his roles in the NBC quirky drama Life and HBO’s Emmy-winning World War II mini-series Band of Brothers.
Also cast in Homeland is another British actor, David Harewood (Blood Diamond). He will play David Estes, the the youngest Deputy Director of Intelligence in CIA history, decisive, political, professional, but ultimately self-serving who is frequently exasperated by Carrie’s obsessive determination to follow up any lead, no matter how small or politically inconvenient. Production on the pilot, whose cast also includes Mandy Patinkin, is slated to begin Jan. 10 in Charlotte, N.C.
Deadline – David Nevins On The Move At Showtime: Picks Up Thriller From Howard Gordon
Showtime – CLAIRE DANES TO STAR IN HOMELAND: EMMY WINNER RETURNS TO SERIES TELEVISION ON SHOWTIME
Deadline – Mandy Patinkin In Showtime’s ‘Homeland’
Deadline – TV CASTINGS: Laura Fraser Joins Showtime Pilot ‘Homeland,’ Two Added To ‘True Blood’
The green band trailer for Your Highness was released today and you can check out the HD versions at iTunes Movie Trailers. Some of the naughty bits that were included in the red-band trailer have been removed so some of Damian’s scenes are missing. If you’d like to download them, try these links I’ve posted at Mediafire: 480p, 720p, 1080p. You’ll find a download of the red band trailer here on the site.