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Fox filming pilot for psychological thriller in Charlotte region

Casting call for extras this Friday

Although people can’t tune into “Homeland” yet, they will. And when they do, the locations will look familiar to Charlotte-area television viewers.

20thCentury Fox Television is in town doing pre-production work for the Showtime pilot and will begin shooting the psychological thriller in the Charlotte region after the first of the year.

If the pilot is a hit – and with the track record of those associated with the project, it will be – it would be picked up as a series, with the possibility that it would continue to shoot in the Charlotte region. Howard Gordon, former“24” and “The X-Files” executive producer and writer, is producing and co-writing “Homeland.” “Dexter” director Michael Cuesta is directing. In addition to Gordon, Alex Gansa, who also wrote for and produced “24” and “The X-Files,” and Gideon Raff wrote the script. Raff, who also is “Homeland”’s creator, based the show on his Israeli TV series “Prisoners of War.” Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Claire Danes has the female lead.

“We are thrilled to host a production with such heavy-hitters with proven track records behind it,” said Beth Petty, director of the Charlotte Regional Film Commission, who worked with those associated with the production to bring it to the Charlotte region. “Our combination of locations, crew and support services all were key factors in the decision to film here.”

“Homeland” follows U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who 10 years earlier disappeared in Iraq, then resurfaced and has recently recovered from injuries suffered during a drone strike. Carrie Anderson (Danes), an intelligent, driven CIA officer, gets a tip that Body, who is being feted as a returning war hero, actually has switched sides and will direct an imminent attack against the U.S. on American soil. The series has twists as Anderson works to build her case against Brody and learn the truth.

This Friday, Dec. 10, there will be an open casting call for extras at Plaza Fiesta Carolina from 4-7 p.m. Details are on the Charlotte Regional Film Commission website

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