When the high-stakes drama Homeland returns to Showtime for Season 4, it will – Spoiler Alert – be missing one of the first three seasons’ main characters. (Hint: His name rhymes with Slickamus Scrody.) So it only makes sense that fresh faces are coming to Homeland, and we now know who two of those faces belong to. Planes, Trains and Automobiles star Laila Robins has signed on to be a series regular, while Corey Stoll, perhaps best known from Season 1 of Netflix's House of Cards, will officially serve as a “guest star.”
For Season 4, Homeland will do some relocating, as bi-polar main character Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) has been assigned to an extremely dangerous CIA station in the Middle East, where she once again finds herself on the front lines and making a difference in the warring world-at-large. We’re not quite sure what will happen to the baby she conceived with Brody (Damian Lewis) last season, since James Rebhorn, the actor who played her father, is dead now. But we know that Mandy Patinkin’s CIA higher-up Saul Berenson and Rupert Friend’s fearless agent Peter Quinn will be back, as will the recently promoted Nazanin Boniadi, who plays CIA analyst Fara Sherazi.
Joining them is Robins’ Martha Boyd, whom the press release describes as the “professional and put-together” United States Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I’m assuming they’re playing up her professionalism as a counter to Carrie’s “by the seat of whoever’s pants” way of handling important missions. I’m guessing these two women will end up butting heads at least once before the season is even midway through.
Stoll, meanwhile, will star as Sandy Bachman, the CIA’s Chief of Station in Pakistan. He’s a quick riser within the CIA’s ranks, so maybe his promotion will piss someone off at some point. I doubt I’m off base in thinking he will also butt heads with Carrie. She doesn’t have a lot of friends.
Robins is no stranger to cable series, as she had recurring roles on HBO’s In Treatment and Bored to Death. She also starred in David Milch’s recent HBO pilot The Money, which the network decided not to order, as well as the Amazon Original pilot Onion News Empire, another promising project that didn’t go forward. She was recently seen in Seth Fisher’s comedy Blumenthal and Anja Marquardt’s drama She’s Lost Control.
A Law & Order: LA alum, Stoll has a pretty good film career going, as he’s starred in recent projects such as Jaume Collet-Serra’s action thriller Non-Stop and Steven Bernstein’s Decoding Annie Parker, with upcoming roles in Shawn Levy’s ensemble comedy This is Where I Leave You, Giles Paquet-Brenner’s thriller Dark Places, and Scott Cooper’s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass. On the TV side, he’ll soon don a wacky wig for a leading role in FX’s vampiric horror The Strain.
The Emmy-winning Homeland will return to Showtime this fall.