Janelle Mone is succeeding Julia Roberts as the new lead in Amazons Homecoming. On Tuesday the singer-actor confirmed that she was taking over on the drama, which will pivot from its season-one plot. Roberts will stay on as an executive producer, alongside creator and director Sam Esmail.
Excited and ready for this wild ride, Mone tweeted on Tuesday.
The shows first season is based on the popular Gimlet Media podcast of the same name. Little is known about where the plot will go in season two, but according to Deadline, Mone will play a woman who wakes up in a canoe, with no memory of who she is or how she ended up there. Its unclear who else will stay on from the season-one cast, but per Deadline, Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale, and Hong Chau seem poised to return.
Homecoming is Mones first major leading role on a TV series. In the last few years, the Grammy-nominated singer has made a strong pivot into acting, landing back-to-back roles in high-profile films like Moonlight and Hidden Figures. She also had a standout role in an episode of Amazons sci-fi anthology series Electric Dreams, playing an android named Alicea clever bit of casting, since much of Mones musical oeuvre revolves around androids and sci-fi imagery. Shes also got a busy slate coming up, including a voice role in Disneys Lady and the Tramp and a costarring role in the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet.
Roberts, meanwhile, only has one project coming up, the dramatic thriller Little Bee, directed by Ritesh Batra (Our Souls at Night). Homecoming was a huge shift for the old-school movie star, her first major leap into the TV world (excluding one-off appearances in shows like Friends and Law & Order). The actor has spoken warmly of the experience, praising Esmail for creating a cinematic series.
Honestly, I had a sort of film experience, because we shot it like a film, Roberts said at a For Your Consideration event in May. We ended up filming it by location and not episode. Its the joy and reason why I wanted Sam to direct all the episodes, because I think there should be one captain and one voice and vision.