“The world’s just made to fade and all the parties some day blow away, but the memories come home,” Janelle Monáe sang on her song “What An Experience.” The singer-songwriter will uncover repressed memories in her next role. Monáe, who starred in the films Hidden Figures and Moonlight, will play the lead in Amazon‘s Homecoming season 2, according to Variety.
According to the official character description, Monáe 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.”
Julia Roberts was the lead actor in the psychological thriller drama series, which comes from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, during its first season. Roberts will serve as an executive producer on the series under her Red Om Films banner.
Homecoming is based on a popular podcast from Gimlet Media. The second season will introduce new characters and veer into new territory.
Prince protégé Monáe is best known for her music. She was first signed to Sean Combs’ Bad Boy Records in 2008, before she founded her record label the Wondaland Arts Society and dropped the EP Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase). Monáe also released the albums ArchAndroid and The Electric Lady. She dropped a science fiction infused album, Dirty Computer, along with the visual accompaniment Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture in 2018. She has been nominated for eight Grammys.
Monáe made her big screen acting debut in Moonlight, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. She followed that up with a part in Hidden Figures, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Monáe co-starred in Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen alongside Steve Carell and Leslie Mann. She voiced veterinarian Dr. Monáe in the animated movie Rio 2 and provided a voicefor the animated film Ugly Dolls. She also appeared in the 2017 Autofac” episode of Electric Dreams, the anthology series based on the work of Philip K. Dick. She will next be seen in the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet, and will voice act in Disney‘s upcoming Lady and the Tramp remake.
No word yet on a Homecoming season 2 release date.
Read and download the Den of Geek SDCC 2019 Special Edition Magazine right here!
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.