Janelle Monáe is conquering Hollywood. No less than an hour after we got our first look at her in the trailer for Harriet, Amazon has announced that our 2018 Artist of the Year will headline the second season of its critically-acclaimed Homecoming series.
As Deadline reports, Monáe will succeed Julia Roberts and star as a “tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is.” Yep, that sounds about right for director Sam Esmail.
The original series, which debuted in 2018 and raced up several critics’ year-end lists, was based on Gimlet Media’s podcast of the same name. This season, however, will deviate from the source material and introduce new characters and a new story.
For Monáe, the casting marks a return to Amazon. Back in 2017, she starred in the first season of their anthology series Electric Sheep, specifically the eighth episode titled “Autofac”. Next up, she’ll star in the aforementioned Harriet, the historical drama retelling the story of Harriet Tubman. She’s also set to later appear in the Disney+ live-action reimagining of The Lady and the Tramp.