Just last week, Showtime gave us a fairly comprehensive list of guest stars set to appear in the highly anticipated third season of Homeland. Among the talent set to play a role in the suspenseful series is writer and actor Tracy Letts, whose character will be among those asking the big questions in the wake of the latest terrorist attack on the series. It sounds like we should expect to see a bit more of his character than originally planned, as he's just been promoted to series regular for Season 3.

We knew previously that Letts was set to play Senator Andrew Lockhart, the powerful, authoritative and commanding Committee Chairman who's among the characters involved in the government's investigation of the terror attack at the end of Season 2. Deadline now reports that Letts - who won a Pulitzer Prize for penning August: Osage County, and also penned the screenplay for the feature adaptation - has been bumped up from recurring role to regular on Homeland. He's the first new series regular to join the cast for the upcoming third season. Returners F. Murray Abraham and Sarita Choudhury were also previously promoted from recurring to regulars in the drama.

Homeland isn't set to return until September 29, so it's a bit too soon to start getting excited about the series and whatever action and suspense the third season has to offer. But it is great to hear updates on the cast, particularly when it means a talent like Letts is getting more screen time. In addition to his notable writing career, Letts' on-screen roles include appearances in Prison Break, The District and Strong Medicine. But it looks like he's been more focused on writing in recent years, to much success. If he's looking to return to acting, Homeland really isn't a bad place to (re)start.

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