The actress and singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe has replaced Julia Roberts in the second season of the psychological drama Homecoming.

Roberts had never intended to star beyond the show's first season and will remain on board as an executive producer alongside showrunner and director Sam Esmail.

Moonlight and Hidden Figures star Monáe has said she is "excited and ready for this wild ride" with her latest screen project.

Esmail, best known for his work as writer and director of the Rami Malek-starring series Mr Robot, said he is "so excited to be working with the brilliant Janelle Monáe".

Monáe is set to play a "tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there - or even who she is", TVLine reports.

Production on the show will kick off later this summer.

Julia Roberts in season one of Homecoming

Season one of Homecoming was based on Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg's popular serialised audio podcast. It starred Roberts as a small-town waitress, Heidi, who left her previous employment as a caseworker at an agency which helps soldiers rejoin civilian life.

The show also starred Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Sissy Spacek, Alex Karpovsky, Shea Whigham and Jeremy Allen White.

It is not known who, if anyone, from the season one cast will return. The series is expected to deviate wildly from the podcast on which it is based.

Homecoming season two is scheduled to debut on Amazon Prime in 2020.

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