By Mandi Bierly
November 18, 2010 at 10:56 PM EST

Image Credit: Landmark/PR PhotosAfter earning an Emmy for the HBO biopic Temple Grandin, Claire Danes is ready to star in her first TV series since My So-Called Life. Danes will lead the Showtime drama pilot Homeland, from 24 producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. Loosely based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli television series Prisoners of War, the show centers on an American soldier taken prisoner during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Per the network’s synopsis: Left for dead, the soldier miraculously returns to the U.S. after years in captivity. Danes plays Carrie Anderson, a driven CIA officer battling her own psychological demons, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to his re-capture was a setup and that this national hero may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil. The pilot, set to begin production in January, will be directed by Michael Cuesta (Dexter), and written by Gordon, Gansa and Raff. Casting for the role of Sergeant Scott Brody, the male lead, will be announced shortly.

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