Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer and actress Monae ("Moonlight," "Hidden Figures") will take over the lead rolefrom Julia Roberts in Amazon's "Homecoming."
Adapted from Gimlet Media's podcast of the same name, "Homecoming" centers on a secret government facilitydesigned to help rehabilitate military veterans.
Roberts only had a one-season deal for the series, where she played Heidi, a caseworker at the organisation. "Homecoming" was her first TV series regular role. She will remain involved as an executive producer alongside showrunner Sam Esmail ("Mr. Robot").
Monae will portray a determined woman who wakes up to find herself drifting in a canoe with no idea of how she got there, or even her identity. Season two will also explore the storyline hinted at in the season one finale post-credits scene featuring Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale) up against his Geist Group superior Audrey Temple (Hong Chau).
"Homecoming" will be Monae's first lead role on a television series. She will next be seen in the role of Lady in the Disney+ live-action remake of "Lady and the Tramp" as well as in an upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic.