EXCLUSIVE: Rosario Dawson has been set in the lead role of the HBO Max pilot for DMZ. The series, which comes from Warner Bros. Television is based on the DC comic book series from Brian Wood and will be helmed by Ava DuVernay who will executive produce alongside showrunner and writer Roberto Patino.
The comic book is published by the Vertigo imprint and it takes place in the near future where America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, leaving Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ – hence the title of the series), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. Dawson will play fierce medic Alma Ortego, who goes on a harrowing journey of saving lives while desperately searching for her lost son. As she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone here has lost…hope.
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This marks DuVernay’s second DC comic project as she is currently working on the big-screen adaptation of Jack Kirby’s New Gods. DMZ will be produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Dawson next stars in the upcoming series Briarpatch, executive produced by Sam Esmail. She is believed to have a one-year deal for the drama, which is set to debut on USA in February.
DMZ is not Dawson’s first foray into comic book adaptations. She appeared in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City as well as the follow-up, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. She also appeared in the slate of Netflix Marvel series including Daredevil, Iron Fist, The Defenders and Luke Cage. She also provided the voice of Wonder Woman in numerous DC animated projects. She also voiced Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in The Lego Batman Movie.
Dawson also appeared on the final season of The CW’s Jane the Virgin and the Sony feature Zombieland: Double Tap.
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