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We found out last year that movie star Julia Roberts would be heading to Amazon for the TV series Homecoming, and now we know that the show will actually reunite her with one of her costars from the 1997 hit comedy My Best Friend's Wedding. Actor Dermot Mulroney has also signed on for a role in the new drama.
In Homecoming, which is a political and psychological thriller based on Gimlet Media's fictional podcast of the same name that began in November 2016, Julia Roberts will play Heidi, a caseworker at a secret government facility, while Dermot Mulroney will take on the part of her boyfriend Anthony. According to Entertainment Weekly, his character is described as being eager to please in their relationship but also somewhat needy, and Anthony will eventually become more and more frustrated with Heidi's lack of attention in regards to both him and the relationship. The show will follow Heidi, her supervisor and a soldier eagerly looking to get back to civilian life.
Dermot Mulroney has been a staple in movies and on television for over 30 years. The actor is probably most recognizable from his recent appearances in shows like New Girl, Shameless, LA to Vegas and Mozart in the Jungle, but his career has also included work in Dirty Grandpa, Insidious: Chapter 3, J. Edgar, Burn After Reading, Friends and Angels in the Outfield. Along with costarring with Julia Roberts in My Best Friend's Wedding, he also reunited with her on the big screen in August: Osage County in 2013. In addition to homecoming, Mulroney has four projects set to debut in the near future.
Well, it sounds like Homecoming will see Julia Roberts' and Dermot Mulroney's characters have a very different dynamic from the one they shared in My Best Friend's Wedding. In that film, Roberts' character, Julianne, realized she was in love with Mulroney's Michael just after he announced his plan to marry someone else and invited her to the wedding. Julianne heads to the festivities, but since this is a romantic comedy, she only goes with the intent of sabotaging the ceremony. The film was a huge hit, and went on to become one of the 10 top films of 1997, with a worldwide gross of almost $300 million.
Homecoming got a 10 episode order and scored a two-season, straight-to-series pickup from Amazon. Dermot Mulroney is also joining the previously cast Stephen James, Alex Karpovsky and Bobby Cannavale in the drama, which is executive produced by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), Julia Roberts and podcast creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, who also wrote the series. The show is set to hit Amazon sometime this year.