Janelle Monáe has been tapped to star in the second season of “Homecoming.”
Monáe’s character is described as a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there or who she is.
Monáe takes over the top spot on the Amazon series from Julia Roberts, who starred in Season 1, based on the podcast of the same name. Roberts remains attached to the series as an executive producer under her Red Om Films banner.
Monáe first became known to the world through her music, for which she has received widespread acclaim and been nominated for eight Grammys. She has branched out into acting in recent years, starring in critically-acclaimed films like “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures.” She will also lend her voice to the upcoming “Lady and the Tramp” remake and will next be seen in the Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet.”
She is repped by WME, Wondaland Management, and Ziffren Brittenham Law.
“Homecoming” is co-produced by Amazon Studios and Universal Content Productions. In addition to Roberts, the series is executive produced by Sam Esmail through his production company Esmail Corp, as well as “Mr. Robot” executive producer Chad Hamilton of Anonymous Content. The podcast’s Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg also executive produce along with Chris Giliberti, Alex Blumberg, and Matt Lieber of Gimlet Media.