Acting icon Julia Robert, known for her Oscar-winning performance in “Erin Brockovich” and for a string of blockbuster film roles including “Pretty Woman” and “Steel Magnolias,” is about to embark on her first starring role in a TV series.
Variety reports that Roberts will star in a limited series based on the bestseller “Today Will Be Different,” by Maria Semple, who will write the TV adaptation.
“Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is producing the series, marking the first TV project to come under the company’s new television initiative, led by Sue Naegle,” Variety notes. “Aside from starring, Roberts will also exec produce the series by way of her Red Om Films banner, along with executive producers Semple, Ellison, and Naegle.”
The project is about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, who will be played by Roberts.
“The character is admittedly a bit of a mess, as she decides that today is the day to tackle the little things that she has been neglecting,” Variety notes. “Of course, life gets in the way of success as a fake-sick son, errant husband, and a former colleague with a bomb-dropping memoir derail her modest plan.”
Roberts isn’t exactly a stranger to television. She has two Primetime Emmy nominations, for a guest performance on “Law & Order” in 1999 and a nod for supporting actress in a miniseries or movie in 2014 for “The Normal Heart.”