As Showtime’s Homeland moves to its new German locale for Season 5, the show is adding four new series regulars, including a new boss and a new love interest for Carrie. Joining the CIA drama are Miranda Otto (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy), top German actor Sebastian Koch (The Lives Of Others), Alexander Fehling (Inglorious Basterds) and Sarah Sokolovic (Cold Comes The Night). The quartet will begin filming in Berlin this week alongside returning stars Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin as the first American series to shoot entirely in Germany. (For that, the show is getting $1.1 million from a local fund supporting film and TV production.)
Season five pick ups two years after Carrie Mathison’s (Danes) ill-fated tenure as Islamabad station chief. Struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the “war on terror,” Carrie finds herself in a self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm.
Otto will play Allison Carr, the current Berlin Chief of Station, working directly under Saul Berenson (Patinkin). Koch is Otto Düring, a German philanthropist and Carrie’s (Danes) boss. Fehling is Jonas Happich, legal counsel for the Düring Foundation and Carrie’s boyfriend. Sokolovic is Laura Sutton, an American journalist in Berlin who works for the Düring Foundation.
Otto is repped by Gersh and Management 360.