Amazon Slates ‘Homecoming’ for Spring Release, Acquires ‘My Spy’
This round there is a new mystery and star, Janelle Monáe. Her character wakes up in a rowboat in the middle of a lake — and has no memory of who she is or what happened.
Her identity search, led by the Geist Group, will propel season two.
Returning cast members include Stephan James and Hong Chau. They are joined by Oscar-winner Chris Cooper as Leonard Geist, the company’s eccentric founder; and Emmy-winner Joan Cusack as Francine Bunda, an offbeat military woman.
The show is based on a Gimlet Media podcast created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, who are also “Homecoming” showrunners and executive producers.
In addition, Dave Bautista’s “My Spy” was acquired by Amazon Studios from STXFilms and MWM Studios, Deadlines reports. The movie was originally scheduled for a U.S. theatrical release on April 17. (The film was released January 9 in Australia and March 17 in the UK.) Deadline notes that a “streaming date will be scheduled in the future.”
The story revolves around a tough CIA operative (Bautista) who finds himself taking orders from a 9-year-old girl (Chloe Coleman) after being sent undercover to spy on her family. Kristen Schaal, Parisa Fitz-Henley and Ken Jeong are part of the featured cast. Peter Segal (“Anger Management,” “The Nutty Professor II”) directs.