Based off the Israeli format Hatufim (aka Prisoners of War), Homeland centers on U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who is found 10 years after going missing during the invasion of Baghdad.
Danes would play Carrie Anderson, a smart, driven CIA case officer who handles threats to homeland security from the Middle East. She gets a tip that Brody has turned and is leading a strike against the United States. Homeland would follow her efforts to get to the truth.
The role would be Danes' first regular series role since her Golden Globe-winning performance on My So-Called Life in 1994.