HBO Max has revealed the official trailer for DMZ, the Max Original debuting Thursday, March 17 with all four episodes of the limited series. It is based on the DC graphic novel of the same name.
DMZ leaps off the pages of the DC acclaimed graphic novel into the visual landscape of a dangerous and distorted Manhattan as one woman navigates a demilitarized zone in a harrowing quest to find her lost son.
The guest stars include Rutina Wesley, Nora Dunn, Jade Wu, Rey Gallegos, Mamie Gummer, Agam Darshi, Juani Feliz, and Henry G. Sanders.
Emmy nominee Roberto Patino, Emmy winner/Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay, and ARRAY Filmworks’ Paul Garnes are executive producers of DMZ. Patino serves as showrunner and wrote the first episode, which was directed by DuVernay.
The series was created for television by Roberto Patino, based on the comic book series, published by DC, written by Brian Wood, and illustrated by Riccardo Burchielli. Acclaimed filmmaker Ernest Dickerson directs and executive produces three episodes.
Emmy winner Carly Wray is co-executive producer. DMZ is produced by DuVernay’s ARRAY Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.
“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,” said Roberto Patino previously.
He added: “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.”
In the near future, America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, leaving Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. The series chronicles the harrowing journey of fearless and fierce medic Alma Ortega (Dawson), who sets out on a harrowing journey to find the son she lost in the evacuation of New York City at the onset of the conflict.
Throwing gasoline on the flames of that conflict is Parco Delgado (Bratt), the popular — and deadly — leader of one of the most powerful gangs in the DMZ. He wants to rule this new world — and will stop at nothing to secure that outcome.
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. In doing so, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone here has lost…hope.
Prior to DMZ, Patino was a writer and executive producer for the Emmy-nominated HBO/Warner Bros. Television series Westworld. He previously was a writer/producer on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, was a writer for NBC’s Prime Suspect, and wrote the feature film Cut Bank.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype and ShockTillYouDrop.