Claire Danes stars as bipolar CIA agent in new Showtime series 'Homeland'
Claire Danes is returning to television with her own Showtime series, "Homeland," which is based on an Israeli show and sees the actress playing a bipolar CIA officer.
The Showtime drama, which is slated to premiere on October 2 at 10 p.m. ET, also stars Golden Globe nominee Damian Lewis and Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin, who is perhaps most recognizable for his role as Inigo Montoya in "The Princess Bride."
"Homeland" follows CIA officer Carrie Anderson (Danes) who is convinced that the rescue of Scott Brody (Lewis) a U.S. soldier who was missing for nine years, was a setup and may lead to an Al Qaeda attack on American soil. Saul (Patinkin) is a CIA Division Chief and Anderson's mentor and boss.
"We didn't have to further complicate her," Danes told the Wall Street Journal of her character. "She's a mess. I don't really spend much time thinking about seducing an audience or protecting her status as being appealing or likeable. I find the challenge is finding a way to play the truth of her being chemically unstable and also a really proficient, highly capable CIA agent. How can those two things coexist?"
The series was written by "24" veterans Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa, along with Giedeon Raff, whose Israeli television series "Prisoners of War" inspired "Homeland."
"I really like her and I like the story because she's the ultimate unreliable narrator and so is he and it's unclear who the protagonist is and who the antagonist is," Danes continued.
The network said in a statement that it had ordered 12 one-hour episodes of the psychological thriller series.
"Homeland" will be Danes' first series since "My So-Called Life," which launched the actress' career and earned her a Golden Globe in 1995. Danes also appeared in the TV biopic "Temple Grandin" last year. She took home an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of the autistic scientist.
Aside from television, Danes has also starred in movies like "Romeo + Juliet," "Igby Goes Down," "The Hours," "Stage Beauty" and most recently "Me and Orson Welles."
Danes dated her "Stage Beauty" co-star Billy Crudup for several years, which caused negative publicity due to the fact that it allegedly ended Crudup's relationship with the then-pregnant Mary-Louise Parker, though the couple denied those reports. In 2006, their relationship ended and Danes fell in love with her "Evening" co-star Hugh Dancy. The two got married in 2009.
Watch an extended trailer for Showtime's "Homeland" below.