Janelle Monae set to lead Amazon’s Homecoming season 2
After debuting to rave reviews and solid viewership last year, the second season of Amazon Prime’s Homecoming became hotly anticipated, but fans were shocked when it was revealed earlier this year Julia Roberts would not return for her lead role. Deadline has now brought word that Hidden Figures‘ Janelle Monáe is set to lead the next installment in the psychological thriller.
Monáe is set to portray a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is. There is no current confirmation on which cast members from the first season will return.
In the recent 76th Golden Globe Awards, Homecoming earned three nominations in three major categories including Best Actress in a Television Series Drama for Roberts’ performance as a caseworker. The series came home empty handed at the ceremony.
Heidi Bergman is a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life. Walter Cruz (Stephan James) is one of these soldiers, eager to begin the next phase of his life. Overseeing Heidi and the facility is Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale), an ambitious company man whose manic demands point to questionable motives.
Four years later, Heidi has started a new life, living with her mother (Sissy Spacek) and working as a small-town waitress, when a Department of Defense auditor (Shea Whigham) comes to her with questions about why she left the Homecoming facility. Heidi begins to realize that there’s a whole other story behind the story she’s been telling herself.
Roberts stars in season one of the series alongside Jeremy Allen White, Alex Karpovsky, Dermot Mulroney, Hong Chau, and Sydney Poitier co-star in the series, with Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Brooke Bloom, Ayden Mayeri and Jacob Pitts recurring.
All 10 episodes of season one are available now for streaming on Amazon Prime.
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