'Homeland' heads to South Africa

When we last left Carrie Mathison (Clare Danes), she was pregnant and had accepted a new assignment overseas.

Showtime announced today that Homeland will begin production of Season 4 in Cape Town, South Africa, in mid-June. Shooting will continue through November.

The storyline is that "Mathison is assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East, back on the front lines in the war on terror," read a statement.

For three seasons, Homeland has been filmed primarily in Charlotte, N.C., but showrunner Alex Gansa notes that to tell a story set in the Middle East, the production needed to move overseas. "We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four production off the ground," he wrote in the announcement.

Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend return, and Nazanin Boniadi is now a series regular.

One big question revolves around how the show's storyline will handle Carrie's baby. In the Season 3 finale, Carrie's father, Frank Matheson (James Rebhorn), offered to keep and raise the child for her. But Rebhorn died in March at age 65 after battling skin cancer.

Homeland's fourth season premieres in the fall.

Naomie Harris And Damien Lewis Join Our Kind Of Traitor

Last we heard, a year or so ago, Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen were in talks for the John Le Carre adaptation Our Kind Of Traitor. But while Susanna White's spy thriller may have lost an M and a Le Chiffre along the way, it's now gained a Moneypenny. In a flurry of casting news, Naomie Harris has signed up, along with Damien Lewis and Stellan Skarsgard, to join the already-attached Ewan McGregor.

Le Carre's 2010 novel involves an Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend holidaying on a Caribbean island. There they encounter a money launderer fleeing the Russian mafia with juicy intelligence on the banking sector and a plan to claim asylum in the UK. The ensuing globetrotting shenanigans take in Paris, Switzerland, London, Russia and Antigua.

McGregor and Harris are set to play the couple – Perry and Gail – with Skarsgard the ex-mobster Dima. Lewis will show up as a member of the British Intelligence Service.

Hossein Amini (47 Ronin, Snow White & The Hunstman) wrote the screenplay, and Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) was originally signed to direct, but was replaced by Susanna White (Generation Kill, Parade's End) last autumn. That was presumably down to a scheduling clash with Kurzel's Michael Fassbender-starring Macbeth, which is shooting now. White's cameras will roll next month.

Homeland's Rupert Friend: Starred Up has a very different budget but its originality makes it special

His character of assassin turned CIA man Peter Quinn is central to the gripping hit US TV import Homeland.

But Rupert Friend has returned home to appear in the low-budget prison drama Starred Up, playing a volunteer prison psychologist who tries to help a young inmate.

“I knew it was something very original,” says the Oxfordshire-born 32-year-old. “That’s rare to find.

"The whole thing is very much drawn from life. I didn’t know that when I read it, but I still felt it very keenly.

"That kind of authenticity leaps out at you and is very appealing.”

The actor, who dated Keira Knightley for five years, received an Emmy nomination for his role in Homeland. But it was a homemade video that got him the part on the show.

“I was busy doing Dennis Potter’s Brimstone And Treacle on stage in London,” says Rupert, “so for my audition I just made a tape in my kitchen and sent it to the makers of Homeland.

“I was a fan of the show and watched it religiously because I thought the writing was so good. I was thrilled to get the part.

“Strictly speaking, my character Peter isn’t an intelligence officer, he’s Black Ops and the burdens of his job are to commit acts which any normal civilian would find stomach turning.”

CLAIRE DANES UPDATE (she's on a break so obviously not many articles on her)
Make-up free Claire Danes works up a sweat with morning jog as she shows off her lean legs in tights

She begins filming season four of Showtime series Homeland in May.

And Claire Danes is making sure to stay in tip top shape for her role as CIA operative Carrie Mathison on the hit drama as she was spotted on a vigorous jog on Thursday.

The actress, who turns 35 on April 12, let her skin breathe as she worked up quite the sweat for the pavement pounding run in New York.

Wearing her blonde locks in a loose knot, she showed off her lean legs in a pair of pedal pusher tights.

Donning spongy trainers for the jaunt, the Brokedown Palace star covered up in a large grey hooded sweater emblazoned with the logo for her show Homeland.

Tuning out the noisy bustle of the Meatpacking District, Claire wore headphones as she carried a handheld device in her left hand.

Homeland, meanwhile, is scheduled to start filming the fourth season.

Claire plays a brilliant bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison who can solve cases normally impenetrable to other investigators.

The series usually shoots in Atlanta and on location in such international locals as Morocco and Egypt, which cuts into family life.

In December Claire told the Daily Mirror she and Hugh Dancy, who she shares son Cyrus with, are 'figuring it out as we go. I tend to work and then Hugh works.'

The couple have been spotted out frequently in Toronto over the past few weeks.

Hugh was recently spotted pushing Cyrus in his pram, while Claire lagged behind by several paces.

Zoe Kazan, Homeland's Morgan Saylor & More to Join Cherry Jones in MTC's When We Were Young and Unafraid

The Manhattan Theatre Club has announced complete casting for the world premiere of Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid. Joining the previously announced Cherry Jones will be Zoe Kazan, Morgan Saylor, Cherise Boothe and Patch Darragh. The new play will have a limited engagement at the off-Broadway New York City Center – Stage 1, with performances beginning on May 21 prior to a June 17 opening.

When We Were Young and Unafraid is set inside an underground women’s shelter in the early 1970s—before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, before women had places to turn in times of distress. Agnes (Jones) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge. But to Agnes’ dismay, her latest young runaway Mary Anne (Kazan) is having a profound influence on her teenage daughter Penny (Saylor), forcing each girl to question her destiny. And as the drums of the feminist revolution grow louder, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the people she's been trying to help.

When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Pam McKinnon, will feature scenic design by Scott Pask, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting by Russell H. Champa, original music and sound design by Broken Chord and fight direction by Thomas Schall.

Her film Mcfarland, starring Kevin Costner, is still in post-production.
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