Apparently Tracy Letts makes an excellent first impression.
After recently signing on for a recurring role in the third season of Showtime's acclaimed drama 'Homeland,' it has just been announced that Letts has been upped from a recurring guest star to a series regular on the program. That didn't take very long.
The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning actor-playwright has been spending more time on stage than on screen over the past five years and this role on 'Homeland' is sure to skyrocket him into the spotlight. As any television fan knows, 'Homeland' has been cleaning up at awards shows, from the Emmy Awards to the Golden Globes; the third season is one of the most anticipated on television.
Letts has made guest appearances on 'Seinfeld,' 'The Drew Carey Show' and 'Prison Break.' On 'Homeland,' Letts will play the role of Senator Andrew Lockhart, the powerful, authoritative, and commanding Committee Chairman asking tough questions as the government’s investigation begins in the wake of the horrific terror attack that decimated the U.S. intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist — Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis).
Letts is so far the only new series regular added to the 'Homeland' cast for season three, however the series also recently promoted F. Murray Abraham and Sarita Choudhury to regular. The third season of 'Homeland' is slated to premiere in September on Showtime.