The news comes after Steve Bannon's appointment as Donald Trump's chief strategist
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Episode 601

Homeland is poised to follow the current political climate to the alt-right.

EW has confirmed that Medium star Jake Weber has been cast in the Showtime drama’s upcoming sixth season as Brett O’Keefe, an alt-right media personality, who is described as combative yet charismatic.

While the casting may conjure comparisons to Steve Bannon — Donald Trump’s recently named chief strategist, a Breitbart News executive who has been accused of espousing white nationalist views — O’Keefe isn’t headed to the White House alongside the show’s newly elected female president (House of Cards’ Elizabeth Marvel).

The upcoming season takes place during the period between Election Day and President-elect Elizabeth Keane’s inauguration.

“That is a very complex transfer of power filled with all kinds of anxiety and different competing interests — How do I get the ear of the new president? How does the new president-elect deal with the president that’s going out? — and it’s a dangerous time in our democracy,” showrunner Alex Gansa previously told EW.

Weber is the latest actor to be added to the series, joining fellow newcomers Hill Harper (CSI: NY), Patrick Sabongui (The Flash), and Robert Knepper (Prison Break).

Homeland returns to Showtime on Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Hollywood Reporter first posted the casting news.

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