Julia Roberts set to star in her first TV series

Cast member Julia Roberts poses during a photocall for the film "Money Monster" out of competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier - RTX2DZVQ

Julia Roberts is to make her TV debut, starring in a new series about a woman facing a midlife crisis.

The 49-year-old actress will play Eleanor Flood, a middle-aged woman “forced to abandon her small ambitions” in the upcoming series, Today Will Be Different.

The show is based on Maria Semple’s New York Times best-selling novel.

“I’m giddy that Eleanor Flood will be brought to life by Julia Roberts… This will be a fun ride!,” the author said in a statement.

Robert De Niro speaks at a 'Coffee With' event at Sarajevo Film Festival where he was promoting the restored version of Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver
Image Caption:Roberts is the latest star to make the switch to TV, with Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep starring in shows next year

Roberts became famous for her role as Vivian in Pretty Woman, and went on to win an Oscar for best actress in 2001 for her role in drama Erin Brockovich.

The new show, which has not yet been bought by a network, will be written by Semple and produced by the star’s company, Red Om Films.

The Pretty Woman star joins a growing list of Hollywood A-listers moving over to the small screen in the so-called second golden age of television.

Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep are appearing in Amazon shows in 2017, while Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will be starring in HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies, which premieres on 19 February.

Earlier this year, Variety magazine published a list of TV’s highest paid talent, including actors Kevin Spacey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Parsons won three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Image Caption:The Big Bang Theory cast negotiated a record amount of $1m per show in 2014

At the top of the list is the main cast of hit comedy show The Big Bang Theory.

Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and John Galecki negotiated a record $1m (£800,000) per episode in 2014.

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