When Julia Roberts starred on the Amazon series “Homecoming,” it was a rare transition to the small screen. But it was a transition that paid off and won her plenty of acclaim. Part of that acclaim included nominations from the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards. However, her time on the show in front of the camera is already ending.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Roberts will remain as an executive producer along with Sam Esmail, the show’s creator. Although, she won’t reprise her role as Heidi Bergman in the second season. It’s also unclear whether previous cast members like Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale, and Sissy Spacek will return.
“Homecoming” is adapted from a narrative podcast of the same name. Because Heidi’s arc concludes faster on the show than on the podcast, it seems understandable that Roberts wouldn’t return.
When asked by THR about how the series will deviate from the podcast, here’s what Sam Esmail said:
“We’ve deviated from very much of the podcast, so [season two of] the podcast doesn’t really have anything to do with the way the show is going. We’re working on a second season, but we have a very different trajectory for our show. I think when I signed on, I had only listened to the first six episodes of the podcast, which is the first season, and then from there we deviated completely. The show starts out fairly close to the podcast, and in the back half of the season we really start to see the major shifts and differences from the podcast.”
That being said, Roberts not returning is still a slight surprise. Mainly because her leading role and star power may make her absence noticeable. It’ll be curious to see who could take over in the second season, though.
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