Janelle Monáe to Star on 'Homecoming' Season 2, Replacing Julia Roberts
Singer-actress Janelle Monáe has been scoring some juicy roles in recent years, and her latest gig has her taking over TV headlining duties from an Oscar-winning actress.
Monáe has been tapped as the new lead on "Homecoming," Amazon's acclaimed psychological thriller from "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail. Season one starred Julia Roberts as a caseworker who helps soldiers transition back to civilian life, though there's much more happening at her facility than meets the eye.
Roberts only had a one-year deal to appear in front of the camera, but will remain with "Homecoming" as an executive producer on its second season. The storyline will now shift to an entirely new thread, focusing on Monáe's character, who's described as "a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is."
No other details about season two have been revealed so far, though Esmail previously told TVLine that the mysterious post-credits sequence from the season one finale, featuring Hong Chau's character, Audrey, was "a sign of things to come." According to Deadline, Chau is one of several season one stars who are expected to return in some capacity, along with Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, and Shea Whigham.
Season two of "Homecoming" is slated to begin production later this summer, with a 2020 premiere date in mind.