With a live-action adaptation of Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli’s DMZ comic book series in development for HBO Max, it looks as if the show has found its lead.
Via Deadline, Rosario Dawson has signed on to star as Alma Ortego in the DMZ pilot that’s being directed by A Wrinkle in Time’s Ava DuVernay and has Sons of Anarchy’s Roberto Patino on board as showrunner.
This won’t be Dawson’s first time involved in a comic book-driven project, of course, with the actress having previously appeared in Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Netflix’s Marvel TV shows, and provided the voice of Wonder Woman in a slew of recent DC animated movies – including last October’s Wonder Woman: Bloodlines.
For those unfamiliar with DMZ, the premise of the comic book title reads:
In the near future, America's worst nightmare has come true. With military adventurism overseas bogging down the Army and National Guard, the U.S. government mistakenly neglects the very real threat of anti-establishment militias scattered across the 50 states. Like a sleeping giant, Middle America rises up and violently pushes its way to the shining seas, coming to a standstill at the line in the sand: Manhattan. Or as the world now knows it, the DMZ.
DuVernay’s Array Filmworks banner is producing the DMZ series with Warner Bros. TV.