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When most of us think of Julia Roberts, we probably think of Pretty Woman or Erin Brockovich or Ocean's Eleven. She has become one of the biggest movie stars in showbiz today. Luckily for viewers everywhere, Roberts has set her sights on the small screen. She signed on for one TV show back in December; now, there's another show in the works. Julia Roberts is reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming series Homecoming.
Homecoming will be based on the fictional podcast that was launched by Gimlet Media back in November 2016 as a political thriller following the actions of a secret government facility worker, her supervisor, and a soldier. Julia Roberts is in talks to play the government employee. The narrative of the podcast is conveyed via telephone calls, overheard conversations, and therapy sessions. We can bet that the show will depart from the podcast in some major ways, but it's likely that phone calls and therapy sessions will be included as well. The original writers of the podcast are slated to write the show. Hopefully the voice actors -- including Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris, and David Cross -- will be able to participate somehow.
The podcast was enough of a hit that there have been talks of a show or movie adaptation from the very beginning. Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is moving things forward on the project, which will be taken to buyers in the not-too-distant future. Such a high-profile project with a big name star like Julia Roberts shouldn't have trouble finding a home on the small screen.
The Homecoming news comes shortly after Julia Roberts' other TV project landed at HBO. She'll star as Eleanor Flood in Today Will Be Different, which will be based on the novel of the same name by author Maria Semple. Today Will Be Different will see Eleanor go through an emotional wringer, as her ambitions and assumptions will be flipped around as secrets rise to the surface and plots twist aplenty. Julia Roberts is on board as star and executive producer. Deadline reports that Roberts' commitments to HBO and Today Will Be Different will not clash with Homecoming.
It should be interesting to see if Julia Roberts can carry a show as well as she can carry a movie. Her TV roles in the past have mostly been minor, with the majority of her work sticking to the big screen. By signing onto two projects as leading lady, she's definitely jumping into the deep end of the TV pool. We'll have to wait and see how she does.
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