Showtime’s hit thriller drama “Homeland” has added to the cast the first ever female president of the United States in the highly anticipated season 6.
According to TV Line, “House of Cards” alum Elizabeth Marvel has landed the role of Elizabeth Keane. It can be recalled that her character in the Netflix’s original series, Heather Dunbar, had an unsuccessful bid for the position. But the tides seem to have turned as she now becomes the chief of the White House.
Keane is described as a former junior Senator from New York. She is said to be bright, charming, lively, and when the situation requires it, she can also be blunt.
Although the announcement coincides with the Democratic National Convention’s recent nomination for Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential candidate from a major party, lead star Claire Danes who portrays conflicted CIA operative Carrie Mathison previously revealed the brand-new fictional POTUS is not exactly similar to the nominee.
Instead, Keane is “a composite of all the different candidates [who] challenges the norms [and] is a little scary for that reason,” the actress teased. She will also get along with Carrie pretty well in the narrative.
After two seasons being filmed in different countries, season 6 heads back to American soil. Executive producer Alex Gansa hinted before that the storyline takes place during the two-month period between Election Day and the new president’s inauguration.
“There is this strange period in America where there are 72 days when it’s not exactly clear who’s in charge, and there is a new president that needs to be educated on what it means to be president,” Gansa explained to Entertainment Weekly. “That is a very complex transfer of power filled with all kinds of anxiety and different competing interests… it’s a dangerous time in our democracy.”
On a related note, the drama has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations in the categories of Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Danes, Outstanding Directing for a Drama series for executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter, and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.
Season 6 is slated to premiere in 2017 as production starts this August.