By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated December 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM EST
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FX has given the go to a new drama series from Homeland EPs Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff.

The network announced Wednesday the pick-up of Tyrant, a story that centers on the younger son (Adam Rayner) of a dictator in a war-torn country who returns to his homeland after a self-imposed 20-year exile, accompanied by his American wife and children, and soon finds himself thrown back into the turbulent workings of a Middle Eastern nation. Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, and Ashraf Barhom are among the stars.

The series is executive produced by Gordon, Raff, and Craig Wright.

“With Tyrant, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Craig Wright have produced a beautiful television pilot that will be a groundbreaking television series,” said FX president John Landgraf in a statement. “Tyrant introduces characters and a world that have never been explored in a dramatic television series format. There is a reason a bidding war broke out over this project: it grabs you as all great epics do and simply refuses to let go!”