24 April 2014 by Lynnette Johns

Season four of Homeland to be shot in Cape Town

Cape Town is increasingly seen as an exciting filming destination, with its pristine beaches, landscapes that mimic Los Angeles, the Bahamas and the Middle East, and a world-class film studio.

Emmy Award winner Claire Danes and the rest of the cast and crew of the multiple award-winning Homelands series will be filming the fourth season in Cape Town. Photo courtesy of potatoejunkie

The Mother City, renowned for her beautiful beaches, parks and mountain, has a growing reputation as a filming destination. 

The fourth series of Homeland, the gripping show that revolves around CIA officer Carrie Mathison, will be shot in Cape Town in 2014. The series stars Emmy Award winner Claire Danes as bipolar Mathison, one of the CIA's top agents.

According E! Online, the storyline will see Mathison in a 'volatile and dangerous CIA station in the Middle East'.

Homeland starts production in mid-June and will be wrapped up by the end of November 2014. Cape Town will masquerade as the Middle East for the much-anticipated series.

The fourth season premiere will be screened on Showtime during 2014.

In recent years locals and tourists have been likely to spot film stars such as Charlize Theron and Katie Holmes out on the streets of Cape Town. The city is no stranger to starring in international blockbusters. Over the years a number of movies have been shot in and around the city, with a lot of the filming happening at the Cape Town Film Studios.

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The studios, a modern facility on the edge of the city, were lauded in a tweet by Stephen Fry while he was filming The Borrowers. 'And – that’s a wrap. 12 hours of larkish fun. Must say deeply impressed with brand new Cape Town Studios. Make Pinewood etc look v shabby,' Fry tweeted.

South Africa-born Neill Blomkamp is in the city to shoot his latest movie, Chappie. The cast includes Wolverine star Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver.

Cape Town also features in The Giver, in which Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, country-singer Taylor Swift and True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgård all appear. It is set to be released in August 2014. The movie is based on American writer Lois Lowry’s 1993 science-fiction book for young adults. It’s set in the distant future, when people no longer have emotions. Just a single Giver (Bridges) is tasked with remembering the past and passing on his knowledge to a youngster (Brenton Thwaites).

Cape Town also doubled as the Bahamas for the filming of the Pirate drama Black Sails. Set in 1720, the series is pitched as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate novel, Treasure Island, and follows the adventures of Captain Flint.

Viewers will be forgiven for believing that the new rescue drama SAF3 (pronounced ‘Safe’) is filmed in California – it was actually filmed in Cape Town. The drama focuses on the work of members of an elite unit of Malibu’s fire department who are trained specialists in sea, air and fire rescues.

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