Julia Roberts is the latest movie star to head to the small screen as television's creative stock just keeps rising and rising.

The acclaimed actress will star in a limited series based on Maria Semple's latest book Today Will Be Different. Semple, whose CV includes her time as a writer and producer on TV series including Suddenly Susan and Arrested Development, will pen the adaptation.

The story covers a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, who had ambitions to wake up and have the best day of her life, but is forced to abandon those plans when she finds a strange new future opening up around her.

Semple is currently working on the feature film adaptation of her 2012 book Where'd You Go Bernadette. Richard Linklater will direct, with Cate Blanchett in the lead role.

Roberts will produce the Today Will Be Different, which will be a limited series, and the latest in a string of TV projects that have A-list movie stars attached.

Meryl Streep is starring in a Warner Bros. Television drama from JJ Abrams, while Amazon is developing a TV series with David O Russell that has Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro attached.

This project isn't quite Roberts' first dip into the TV pond as she previously appeared in Ryan Murphy's 2014 HBO TV movie The Normal Heart.