Stephan James has confirmed he will star in the second season of Homecoming on Amazon. He’ll reprise his role of Walter Cruz from the first season, which he starred in opposite Julia Roberts. He’ll now star opposite new series lead, Janelle Monáe.
The news was revealed in his profile for Variety‘s Power of Young Hollywood 2019. This also confirms that the Amazon thriller is not taking on an entirely new story in its second season if James is returning in the same role.
It is not known yet if other stars like Shea Whigham, Sissy Spacek and Bobby Cannavale will return for Season 2 or not. The series was ordered for two seasons initially, with the idea that a second season would have to deviate from its source material, the Gimlet Media podcast of the same name.
Not much is known about Monae’s character or the season 2 plot, but we do know that the character is a “tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is.”
The description of Season 1 reads: In Homecoming, Roberts is Heidi Bergman, a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, which is a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life. Walter Cruz (James) is one of these soldiers, eager to begin the next phase of his life. Overseeing Heidi and the facility is Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale), an ambitious company man whose manic demands point to questionable motives. Four years later, Heidi has started a new life, living with her mother (Sissy Spacek) and working as a small-town waitress, when a Department of Defense auditor (Shea Whigham) comes to her with questions about why she left the Homecoming facility. Heidi begins to realize that there’s a whole other story behind the story she’s been telling herself.
Both Roberts and James have been noted as major Emmy snubs coming off of last week’s announcements.
The second season is expected to debut on Amazon in 2020. The half-hour drama is from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, with Anonymous Content and Universal Cable Productions.
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