Janelle Monáe to Star in Season 2 of Amazon Series 'Homecoming' She replaces Oscar-winner Julia Roberts, whose contract for the show did not extend past the first season. According to 'The Hollywood Reporter,' Roberts' departure revolves around the psychological thrillers storyline. 'THR' adds that despite Roberts leaving the show, she will still stay on as an executive producer. In terms of the program's new leading star, the Grammy-winning Monáe will play a woman with amnesia. When viewers first meet he

Janelle Monae to star in second season of Amazon’s ‘Homecoming’

The singer-actress will replace Julia Roberts in a lead role

Janelle Monae has earned eight Grammy nominations and starred in Oscar-bait movies (“Moonlight,” “Hidden Figures”), and now the musician-actress-activist will tackle streaming TV.

Monae will topline the second season of Amazon’s “Homecoming,” succeeding Julia Roberts, who led the series on a one-year deal. Roberts will continue as an executive producer on the show, which was created by “Mr. Robot”’s Sam Esmail.

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Monae’s character is described as a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe with no memory of who is she or how she got there. In the first season, Roberts’ character, Heidi Bergman, was a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, which helped soldiers transition back to civilian life. 

The return to acting fits Monae’s timeline, as she spent 2018 supporting her genre-defying third album, “Dirty Computer,” with an extensive tour. In February, the release was nominated for album of the year and best music video at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.