Shea Whigham Joins Julia Roberts in Amazon Series “Homecoming” (Exclusive)

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Veteran character actor has signed on to join Julia Roberts in the Amazon series , the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.

Based on Gimlet Media’s breakout fictional podcast, the series hails from the podcast’s creators, Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, and director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot).

The psychological thriller follows Heidi (Roberts), a caseworker at a secret government facility where she’s assigned to work with a young military veteran who’s eager to rejoin civilian life, played by Stephen James (Shots Fired).

Whigham will play a friendly yet intimidating staffer at the Department of Defense, while Bobby Cannavale will co-star as Roberts’ supervisor.

On the podcast, which was presented via a series of telephone calls, therapy sessions and overheard conversations, it was Catherine Keener voicing the caseworker and Oscar Isaac voicing the soldier.

Esmail is producing the Homecoming TV series through his Esmail Corp banner along with Chad Hamilton of Anonymous Content, Horowitz and Bloomberg, Alicia Van Couvering, and Chris Giliberti, Alex Blumberg, and Matt Lieber of Gimlet Media. Roberts will executive produce, while her RedOm partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Gill will serve as co-executive producers. Production is slated to start in April.

Coming off back-to-back Netflix movies in Death Note and Wheelman, Whigham is gearing up for a busy month. He co-stars in Paramount Network’s Waco series starring Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon, and he also appears in two Sundance movies — The Catcher Was a Spy starring Paul Rudd, and Beirut starring Jon Hamm.

Whigham’s other upcoming films include Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney movie Backseat, the Johnny Depp thriller LAbyrinth, and Damien Chazelle’s First Man. He’s represented by CAA and Principal Entertainment LA.

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