Rosario Dawson is set to lead the cast of Ava DuVernay’s HBO Max-DC Comics project, DMZ. It is one of several projects from DC for the new streaming service in development. Also in the works is Greg Berlanti’s Green Lantern project and Elizabeth Banks’ DC Comics high school series for the streaming service.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dawson will play Alma. She is described as “a fierce medic who saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. As she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords who now control the lawless island, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone there has lost: hope”
DMZ hails from DC’s Vertigo imprint and hails from Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli. The basic premise of the story is that it takes place in a version of Manhattan that has become a no-man’s land separating two sides of a bitter civil war. DMZ stands for what Manhattan has become a demilitarized zone.
Roberto Patino (Westworld) will write the pilot and serve as showrunner for the potential series. Ava DuVernay will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer. While a pilot has been order for DMZ, it has not gotten a full series order as of yet.
Dawson is known for her work in Marvel’s The Defenders universe where she played nurse Claire Temple. She also had roles in Jane the Virgin and Briarpatch. In addition, Dawson has voiced Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in several DC animated movies.
DMZ currently does not have a release date, but HBO Max will launch in May 2020.
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