Julia Roberts Isn't Returning for 'Homecoming' Season 2
There won't be a second "Homecoming" for Julia Roberts.
The actress, who earned Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations for her lead performance on the Amazon drama, is not returning for Season 2. "Homecoming" was Roberts's first TV series regular role and was always meant as a one-season gig, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Roberts will remain an executive producer on the series, which landed at Amazon with a two-season commitment.
The drama was adapted from the popular Gimlet Media podcast by "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail. Roberts played Heidi, a former therapist at a military facility whose memory of her time there is strangely missing. In flashbacks, viewers see her develop an emotional connection with young soldier Walter (Stephan James).
At the end of the first season, the show made a major departure from the podcast, when Heidi finds Walter living happily in a small town. In the podcast, Heidi spends the entire second season searching for Walter.
"We've deviated from very much of the podcast, so [season two of] the podcast doesn't really have anything to do with the way the show is going. We're working on a second season, but we have a very different trajectory for our show," Esmail told THR.
It's unclear which, if any, of the show's original cast will return, including Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky and Sissy Spacek.
Though Heidi's story is seemingly at an end, a post-credits scene in the finale indicated that Season 2 will explore the inner workings of the Geist Group, the shadowy organization that ran the military facility. The scene featured Cannavale's blustery executive Colin getting fired by his newly-promoted superior, Audrey (Hong Chau), who uses a mysterious medicine to calm herself after their encounter.