2:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Julia Roberts' Amazon Drama 'Homecoming' Enlists Bobby Cannavale
Amazon's upcoming Julia Roberts drama Homecoming has cast its leading man.
Two-time Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale has been tapped to star opposite Roberts in the half-hour project from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.
Based on the Gimlet Media fictional podcast of the same name, Homecoming is a psychological and political thriller that centers on a caseworker at a secret government facility (Roberts) and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life.
Cannavale will play Colin Belfast, the ambitious off-site supervisor of the Homecoming Initiative. Homecoming reunites the actor, who has a recurring role this season on USA Network's Mr. Robot, with Esmail, who will direct and executive produce the project via his overall deal with Universal Cable Productions.
The podcast's creators, Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, will write the adaptation and exec produce with Roberts, Chad Hamilton of Anonymous Content, Alicia Van Couvering, and Chris Giliberti, Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber of Gimlet Media. Homecoming landed at Amazon with a two-season order in a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding.
Cannavale's credits include Emmy wins for Will & Grace and Boardwalk Empire as well as nominations for his work on Nurse Jackie. On the film side, his credits include Ant-Man, Daddy's Home, Spy, Danny Collins, Blue Jasmine, Jumanji and I, Tonya. Cannavale also has earned Tony nominations for his Broadway work in Mauritius and The Motherfucker With the Hat. He is repped by WME, Framework Entertainment and Schreck Rose.