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Homeland casts 4 new actors including Miranda Otto

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Homeland is staffing up for season 5: The Showtime espionage hit has added several new series regulars for its fall season, which is moving the action to Germany for the first time. 

The new team includes:

— German actor Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others), who plays a German philanthropist and Carrie’s (Clarie Danes) boss. 

— Actress Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), the current Berlin Chief of Station, working directly under Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin).

— Alexander Fehling (Inglourious Basterds), who’s legal counsel for the Düring Foundation and Carrie’s boyfriend. 

— Sarah Sokolovic (Cold Comes the Night) as an American journalist in Berlin who works for the Düring Foundation.

Homeland starts production Tuesday in Berlin, marking the first American TV series to ever shoot an entire season in Germany. Rupert Friend and F. Murray Abraham are also back on board, but none of the previous actors from last season, which is set largely in Pakistan, are noted as returning for the new round at this time. 

Here’s the official description for the new season: “Season five will pick up two years after Carrie Mathison’s ill-fated tenure as Islamabad station chief. Struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the ‘war on terror,’ Carrie finds herself in a self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm.”

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