By Tim Stack
Updated September 19, 2012 at 03:25 PM EDT
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Homeland, Showtime’s critically acclaimed series (which is up for a network record nine Emmy awards this weekend), is expanding the world beyond main characters Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis).

EW has exclusively learned that Homeland’s producers have cast a very familiar face in a big recurring role: Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) will be appearing later this season as Dar Adul, described as “a brilliant intelligence operative in his 60-70’s. He has worked all over the world for the Special Activities Division of the CIA.”

Details are scarce but I’m wondering if Dar Adul is perhaps a mentor to Saul (Mandy Patinkin) in the same way Saul is to Carrie?

Within the first episode of the second season, viewers will also meet manipulative journalist Roya Hammad (Zuleikha Robinson), and in later episodes, CIA agent Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend).

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