Stephan James Lands Lead Role Opposite Julia Roberts in Amazon Series “Homecoming”

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Shots Fired star has landed the male lead role opposite Julia Roberts in Amazon’s new half-hour drama series .

The series is based on the popular podcast of the same name and is described as a political thriller and centers on a caseworker at a secret government facility, her supervisor and a soldier. Roberts would play the government caseworker, Heidi, while James will play the soldier who is assigned to her. The character Walter Cruz is described as a young military veteran with an underlying confidence and quiet sense of humor, who begins the Homecoming Initiative.

Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail penned the series and is executive producer and the series marks Roberts’ first series regular TV role.

Anonymous Content and Universal Cable Productions, where Esmail is under an overall deal, are producing. Esmail will direct and is executive producing alongside Chad Hamilton, Eli Horowitz, Micah Bloomberg, Alicia Van Couvering, Chris Giliberti, Alex Blumberg, and Matt Lieber.

James, who is coming off of Fox’s limited series Shots Fired, Selma and Race and is the lead in Barry Jenkins’ next film If Beale Street Could Talk, is repped by , and .

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