Homecoming season 2: Janelle Monáe replaces Julia Roberts as lead in Amazon series

The singer-songwriter joins the psychological thriller as a woman who ‘finds herself floating in a canoe’ with no memory of who she is

Ellie Harrison
Wednesday 24 July 2019 09:44
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Janelle Monáe on the Met Gala red carpet

Julia Roberts’s replacement as the lead in season two of Amazon’s psychological thriller Homecoming has been announced as Janelle Monáe.

Roberts’ casting as counsellor Heidi Bergman in season one of Homecoming marked her first major TV role. However, the actor – who was reported as one of the biggest snubs in the recent Emmy nominations – had only signed on to star in one series and she will remain on the show as an executive producer for its second run.

Singer-songwriter Monáe, who is also known for her roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures, will play “a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is.”

Homecoming, from creators Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz, will continue to explore the first series’ storyline about dodgy pharmaceuticals firm Geist Group.

While their return to the show has not been confirmed, Homecoming season two is likely to star Hong Chau as the company’s new head honcho Audrey Temple, Bobby Cannavale as her now-inferior Geist employee Colin Belfast and Shea Whigham as Thomas Carrasco from the Department of Defence.

A release date for Homecoming season two on Amazon Prime has not yet been announced.

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