While Julia Roberts has headlined many-a-marquee for blockbuster films over the past decades, it appears that the A-list actress will heed the peak television call. Now, an Amazon small screen project called Homecoming, coming from the mind of Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, will become a prominent platform for Roberts.
Amazon has proactively given Homecoming a straight-to-series deal for two seasons. The deal gives Amazon Studios global rights and exclusivity for Amazon Prime Video.
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Homecoming arrives as a television drama, described as a political thriller, based on the popular podcast from Gimlet Media. Esmail, the artiste extraordinaire creator of USA’s groundbreaking cyberdrama Mr. Robot, has been tapped to develop the series with Mr. Robot producers Anonymous Content and Universal Cable Productions, per his existing overall deal with the NBCU-owned cable outlet. The TV adaptation arrives on the heels of the increasing popularity of the podcast, which debuted in November 2016.
Roberts will star on the series as Heidi, a government facility caseworker for the Homecoming Initiative, a program designed to help soldiers returning home from war to assimilate back into civilian life. The character was portrayed on the original podcast by Catherine Keener. The shooting schedule is reportedly designed to not interfere with Roberts’s upcoming serial television headlining debut in the developing HBO limited series Today Will Be Different. Besides the aforementioned Catherine Keener and Oscaar Isaac, the original podcast has David Schwimmer as Heidi’s overbearing supervisor Colin Belfast.
Amazon has unveiled our first look at Homecoming during its San Diego Comic-Con 2018 panel. The teaser is light on details but heavy on atmosphere.
Homecoming Release Date
Homecoming is just getting started as a television project and it could be a while before we know when to expect its arrival on Amazon Prime.
In the latest development of the Homecoming front, Stephan James will join the series, set to co-star opposite Roberts, reports Deadline. He will play Walter, a young military veteran who has been assigned as the patient to Roberts’s caseworker Heidi. While Walter maintains an exterior persona of confidence with a humorous demeanor, it is all designed to hide a great deal of trauma. On the original podcast, Walter is portrayed by Star Wars Sequel Trilogy actor Oscar Isaac.
James, a Canadian actor, made an impact starring in the 2016 biographical drama Race, portraying legendary Olympic track runner Jesse Owens and his ordeal during the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin, in which he made history, much to the chagrin of an attending Adolf Hitler. James also fielded a co-starring role earlier this year on the (now-cancelled) Fox crime series Shots Fired. He’s also banked film appearances in Across the Line, Selma, When the Game Stands Tall, having come off early career TV runs on shows such as Degrassi: The Next Generation and Clue.