9:44am PT by Kate Stanhope
Julia Roberts In Talks for Sam Esmail Drama Series 'Homecoming'
Julia Roberts' TV projects may be expanding twofold.
Days after her limited series adaptation of Today Will Be Different landed at HBO comes word that the Oscar winner is in talks to headline the TV drama series Homecoming, executive produced by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.
Based on the fictional podcast of the same name, Homecoming is described as a political thriller centering on a caseworker at a secret government facility. Roberts would play the caseworker's supervisor.
The podcast's creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg will pen the adaptation. They will also exec produce with Mr. Robot's Chad Hamilton of Anonymous Content, Alicia Van Couvering and Chris Giliberti, Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber of Gimlet Media.
There is no network yet attached.
Gimlet Media produced the podcast, which drew the talents of Catherine Keener, David Schwimmer and Oscar Isaac, among others.
Esmail is writing and developing Homecoming as part of his overall deal with Universal Cable Productions, where he also has Mr. Robot and is developing a miniseries adaptation of the sci-fi classic Metropolis.
For Roberts, the decision to turn to TV comes after select film roles in Jodie Foster's Money Monster and Billy Ray's Secrets in Their Eyes. Her next big-screen role is in an adaptation of the New York Times best-seller Wonder.
With the exception of one-off roles in TV movies (HBO's The Normal Heart) and guest-starring roles on shows like Friends and Law and Order, Homecoming and Today Will Be Different will both mark the biggest TV roles of her career.
Roberts is the latest Oscar winner to head to the small screen in the Peak TV era, following Penelope Cruz, Hilary Swank and Annette Bening, among others.