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Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich) might be America’s sweetheart (literally), but she’s also one of the most recognizable actresses worldwide.

The Hollywood heavyweight is extending her reach beyond the movie-going audience, taking the lead in the new Prime Video series Homecoming, directed by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail, reports Empire.

The 10-part series — based on Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg‘s 2016 fictional podcast Homecoming — premieres this fall, with Roberts starring as a caseworker named Heidi Bergman (portrayed in the podcast by Catherine Keener). Bergman works at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, where she helps soldiers make their way back into civilian life.

Here’s a look at Roberts, opposite Stephan James (Shots Fired) as a solider in recovery, during a counseling session:

The brief synopsis sounds pretty straightforward enough, but with the series being categorized as a psychological thriller, there appears to be more to the story. The timeline flips back and forth between Bergman at the center and four years later when she’s working as a waitress in a small town, living with her mother (Sissy Spacek).

When a Department of Defense auditor (Shea Whigham) comes to her home to inquire why she left the center, Bergman realizes she was a part of something much bigger than what she thought at the time.

If you’d like to check out the podcast the series is based on — starring Catherine Keener, Oscar IsaacDavid Schwimmer, David Cross and Amy Sedaris — you can do so here.

We can also look for Roberts in the 2018 family-drama Ben is Back, opposite Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) and Katherine Newtown (Big Little Lies, Lady Bird).

Are you looking forward to getting 10 episodes in a row of Julia Roberts!? 


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By Brigid Brown