Pansexual actress and singer Janelle Monae will headline season two of psychological drama Homecoming.
The Pynk singer will replace Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts, who starred in season one of the Prime Video show.
What is Homecoming about?
Roberts portrayed Heidi Bergman, a social worker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a live-in facility run by the Geist Group. The facility aims to help soldiers transition to civilian life, though why they needed this help is unclear.
As Roberts only signed a one-season deal for the series, Homecoming needed a protagonist for its second instalment.
Monae will take over the leading role in the drama from executive producer Sam Esmail, known for tech thriller Mr. Robot.
Janelle Monae will stare in Homecoming 2
The singer took to her Twitter on 23 July to share the news with her followers.
‘Excited and ready for this wild ride,’ the eight-time Grammy nominee tweeted.
The series will mark Monae’s return to television after she starred in sci-fi anthological series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams in 2017.
Janelle Monae starred in Moonlight
Monae also starred in critically acclaimed LGBTI movie Moonlight. In a hilariously dramatic turn of events at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, the coming-of-age queer drama by Barry Jenkins won the award for Best Picture after La La Land had been erroneously announced as the winner.
Moreover, she starred in Hidden Figures, alongside Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson.
Among Monae’s upcoming cinematographic projects, there is upcoming biopic on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, played by Cynthia Erivo. The singer-actress will play Marie, a free black woman who helps arm and train Harriet for her work rescuing people.
The movie will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2019.