Adria Arjona is on the rise. After recently scoring her first series regular role in TNT’s untitled Miami drama and her first recurring stints on CBS’ Personemeraldcitylogo Of Interest and the upcoming season of HBO’s True Detective, the young actress has landed her first series lead. Arjona has been cast as Dorothy in Emerald City, NBC’s 10-episode straight-to-series Wizard Of Oz dramaThe project, originally developed during the 2013-14 season, was recently resurrected with a new writer/executive producer, David Schulner. He is now joined by Shaun Cassidy, who also will serve as executive producer.

In Emerald City, in the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Arjona) and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.

Described as a modern and dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein of Game Of Thrones, drawing upon stories from Baum’s original 14 books, Emerald City hails from Universal TV.

This is one of two Dorothys that NBC is casting this simmer. The network recently put out an open casting call for a young actress to play the lead in its live staging of The Wiz. 

Puerto Rico-born, Mexico City-raised Arjona is repped by UTA and One Entertainment.