TheHollywoodReporter has learned that Rosario Dawson will lead the pilot for the upcoming comic book adaptation series DMZ for HBO Max, as Dawson will play the role of medic Alma. 

Rosario Dawson is headed to HBO Max, signing on to star in a pilot directed by Ava DuVernay.

Dawson (Jane the Virgin, USA’s upcoming Briarpatch) will play the lead role in DMZ, based on the comic book of the same title. The potential series is set in a United States torn apart by a second civil war, leaving Manhattan a demilitarized zone — the DMZ of the title.

DMZ is based on the Vertigo comic by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli. It’s set in a near-future where the island of Manhattan is a no-man’s-land separating the two sides in a bitter civil war.

Rosario Dawson is no stranger to comic book projects as she starred in Sin City and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For along with the supporting role of Claire Temple in multiple Marvel/Netflix series such as Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. 

They also tease a little about her character, if you’re not familiar with the comic. 

Dawson will play Alma, 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.

Ava DuVernay is currently attached to direct and co-write the New Gods feature film for Warner Bros., based on the DC Comics characters which is still in development stages. 


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