Ava DuVernay’s ‘DMZ’ Casts Rosario Dawson, Benjamin Bratt

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HBO Max is going ahead with Ava DuVernay‘s DMZ. The limited series, which comes from DuVernay and Roberto Patino, has cast its two leads with Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt set to star in the DC project. DMZ takes place in the near future, when a war-torn America has left Manhattan as a demilitarized zone, isolated from the world.

The limited series follows Alma Ortega (Dawson), on her journey to find her son after losing him during the evacuation of New York City. Meanwhile, DMZ gang leader Parco Delgado (Bratt) wants to rule the new world at whatever cost. “In this adrenalized and expansive drama which examines a stark political and cultural divide in American society, Alma must contend with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land,” the series official description reads. “In doing so, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone here has lost…hope.”

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this epic to the screen with my boundary-pushing partners at WBTV and HBO Max, a sublime cast led by Rosario and Benjamin, and my partner and friend, the inimitable and ever-inspiring Ava DuVernay,” Patino said. “DMZ offers up an explosive playground which, more than anything else, exalts the resilience of community and the human spirit. I can’t wait to welcome the die-hard fans of the comic books and new viewers alike to this intoxicating, haunting and inspiring world.”

DMZ‘s unflinching story of a country torn apart resonates eerily and profoundly amid our current state of the union,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “With the powerhouse visionary team of Ava and Roberto at the helm, bringing this critically acclaimed DC gem to life promises to entertain and inspire hope.”

Along with Dawson and Bratt, DMZ will also star Hoon Lee, Freddy Miyares and Jordan Preston Carter.

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