We live in an increasingly convergent, multi-media age, where each one bleeds into another: novels are adapted for television; television inspires film; podcasts feature true-crime cases; and now television adapts podcasts. Yes, we’re now getting TV dramas based on chart-topping podcasts.
The podcast in question here is Homecoming, an ‘immersive’ fiction story that originally starred Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris, and David Cross (you can listen to it here) and was billed as a psychological thriller.
Amazon Prime Video has adapted the pod into a series that stars Julia Roberts in her first ever lead role for television.
Here’s a teaser:
So what’s the story? Here’s Deadline to fill you in:
Roberts plays Heidi Bergman, a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life. Walter Cruz (Stephan 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 facility. Heidi begins to realize there’s a whole other story behind the story she’s been telling herself.
Homecoming: Friday 2nd November, Amazon Prime Video