Acting auditions and extras casting call for hit Showtime series ‘Homeland’

Showtime Homeland Season 2 Casting Call

The first two weeks of “Homeland” season 2 filmed in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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Showtime Networks and Teakwood Lane Productions are now in production on the second season of the hit Golden Globe Award winning drama/thriller series “Homeland” in Charlotte, North Carolina. Auditions for series regulars, recurring roles, and guest stars takes place in New York. Additional principal actor roles and all of the extras are cast in North Carolina. The extras casting director needs all types and also a wide variety of ethnic types, both males and females of any age.

“Homeland” boasts a stellar cast that includes three-time Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes; two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Damian Lewis; and two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Mandy Patinkin. Other cast members are Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor, David Harewood, Jackson Pace, and Diego Klattenhoff. The first season of the series received critical acclaim and won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama.

Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa developed “Homeland” loosely based on the Israeli series “Hatufim” (English title: “Prisoners of War”) created by Gideon Raff. Gordon is president of Teakwood Lane Productions, which produces the show along with Showtime Networks. Gansa, Raff, and Howard are also executive producers and writers. Michael Cuesta, who also directs episodes, is also one of the executive producers.

The shooting location of Charlotte, North Carolina was chosen because it offered better tax breaks than other locations, and it serves as a great match for Virginia and Washington, D.C., where the series takes place. Additional television series shot in Charlotte are Cinemax’s “Banshee”, and the CW Television Network series pilot “Shelter” produced by J.J. Abrams and starring Clint Eastwood’s son Scott Eastwood.

Extras Casting Call Details

The extras casting director for “Homeland” season 2 is seeking males and females, all ages and types, of any ethnicity, who are available to work in the Charlotte, NC area this summer.

In addition, the following types are needed:

• Military Men and Women
• Political, Government, and Law Enforcement types
• Business Professionals
• Amputees
• Preppy types
• People of Middle Eastern, Persian, Turkish, Hispanic, Lebanese, Greek and Indian descents.

Those interested can submit a recent color snapshot, which can be taken with a cell phone, along with your information (name, age, phone, city and state you reside, height, weight, clothing sizes, color/make/model of vehicle you have access to, and any additional information (such as job, experience, training, etc.) you would like to include to:

[email protected]

You can also submit via postal mail to:

Tona B. Dahlquist Casting
P.O. Box 4427
Irmo, SC 29063

Season two of “Homeland” will premier Sunday September 30, 2012 on Showtime.

Minors and foreign talent must be legally eligible to work in the state of North Carolina and in the United States.

The 2012 North Carolina Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in North Carolina and the United States:

• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• North Carolina Child Performer Labor Law Information
• North Carolina Youth Employment Certificate Instructions
• North Carolina Youth Approval To Work Late Hours Form
• North Carolina Minor Intention To Employ Form
• North Carolina Dept. of Labor Rules and Regulations Relative to Employment of Children under 16 Years of Age.
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
• Links for Child Labor Information

In addition to the following Louisiana Actors Resources:

• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• North Carolina Casting Directors List
• North Carolina Extras Casting Directors List
• North Carolina Talent Agents List
• North Carolina Acting Coaches, Classes, and Schools List
• North Carolina Headshot Photographers List
• Headshot Mass Printing Photo Labs
• Miscellaneous North Carolina Resources
• Actors Unions
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• General Talent Agent Information
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• PDF Users Guide

The 2012 North Carolina Actors Resource Guide eBook is available here.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

New York:

Kimberly Graham
Judy Henderson Casting
330 W. 89th St.
New York, NY 10024

North Carolina:

Tara Feldstein
Fincannon & Associates
1560 Point Harbor Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Extras Casting

North Carolina:

Tona B. Dahlquist Casting
P.O. Box 4427
Irmo, SC 29063
[email protected]

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Showtime Networks
10880 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Teakwood Lane Productions
11845 W Olympic Blvd.
Suite 1125W
Los Angeles, CA 90064


Alex Gansa
Howard Gordon
Gideon Raff
Michael Cuesta
Avi Nir
Ran Telem
Chip Johannessen
Michael Klick


Michael Cuesta
Clark Johnson
Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Guy Ferland
Tucker Gates
Brad Turner
Dan Attias

Note: Various directors work different episodes during the season. In television shows composed of individual episodes, the television director’s role differs from that of a film director in that he or she may work only on some television episodes as opposed to the director of an entire film production. In episodic television productions, the major creative control resides with a producer of the show. The television producer with creative control is called the showrunner (in this case Alex Gansa).


Claire Danes – Carrie Mathison
Damian Lewis – Nicholas Brody
Morena Baccarin – Jessica Brody
Jackson Pace – Chris Brody
Morgan Saylor – Dana Brody
David Harewood – David Estes
Diego Klattenhoff – Mike Faber
Mandy Patinkin – Saul Berenson


The series follows Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a CIA operations officer who, after conducting an unauthorized operation in Iraq, is put on probation and reassigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center in Langley, Virginia. In Iraq, Carrie was warned by an asset that an American prisoner of war had been turned by Al-Qaeda. Carrie’s job grows complicated when her boss, Director of the Counterterrorism Center David Estes (David Harewood), calls Carrie and her colleagues in for an emergency briefing. Carrie learns that Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), a U.S. Marine Sergeant who had been reported as missing in action since 2003, has been rescued during a Delta Force raid on a compound belonging to terrorist Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban). Carrie comes to believe that Brody is the American prisoner of war that her asset in Iraq was talking about. However, the federal government and her superiors at the CIA consider Brody a war hero. Realizing it would be next to impossible to convince her boss to place Brody under surveillance, Carrie approaches the only other person she can trust, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin). The two must now work together to investigate Brody and prevent another terrorist attack on American soil.

The truth about Brody will come to light during the second season of “Homeland”. The identity of Brody’s latest nemesis is Mike Faber (Diego Klattenhoff), who was Brody’s best friend and the former lover of Brody’s wife, Jessica (Morena Baccarin). Mike Faber is going to be a big factor, and since he’s in military intelligence, he is going to get a hold of the commission report on the assassination attempt against the vice president, and there’s going to be a lot of things in the report that doesn’t make sense to him. Carrie Mathison will reenter the intelligence community after her mental problems got her thrown out of the CIA. Carrie will get back involved with the Abu Nazir investigation very quickly, even if she is no longer welcome at the CIA.