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DMZ: Ava DuVernay Offers Sobering COVID Perspective on Preview Scene

Yesterday, HBO Max released a trailer highlighting its 2022 line-up that included a look at Ava DuVernay (When They See Us) and Roberto Patino's (Westworld) four-part limited series adaptation of DC Comics series DMZ. In the scene from the Rosario Dawson (Briarpatch, Rent, Sin City), Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Traffic)-starring series, we see Dawson in the midst of what appears to be a powderkeg of tension ready to explode. Not long after the preview hit, DuVernay took to Twitter to offer a perspective on the scene that sadly speaks to the state of affairs regarding the increase in COVID cases as the Omicron variant rages into the holidays. "What I was directing when the world shut down in 2020. There are 1000 background actors in that scene. Who knows when we'll be able to have that many maskless folks on set again. Not anytime soon," DuVernay wrote in her tweet that retweeted a post from a fan site.

DMZ (Image: HBO Max)

Here's a look at DuVernay's sobering personal thoughts on the scene included in the HBO Max trailer and how it reflects on the current state of COVID affairs heading into the new year:

Hoon Lee (Banshee, Warrior), Freddy Miyares (When They See Us, The L Word: Generation Q), Jordan Preston Carter (The Haves and the Have Nots), Rutina Wesley (Queen Sugar), Mamie Gummer (True Detective), Nora Dunn (The Big Leap), Henry G. Sanders (Queen Sugar), Venus Ariel (NCIS: New Orleans), Jade Wu (Marvel's Luke Cage), Rey Gallegos (Animal Kingdom), Agam Darshi (Funny Boy), and Juani Feliz (Harlem) also star. Now here's a look at the full HBO Max trailer, which also includes looks at Our Flag Means Death, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, and more:

DMZ is set in the near future, when America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, leaving Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. It chronicles the harrowing journey of fearless and fierce medic Alma Ortega (Dawson) 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. The drama will examine the stark political and cultural divide in American society, where 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 there has lost…hope.

DMZ: Ava DuVernay Offers Sobering COVID Perspective on Preview Scene

Ariel's Nico is a foul-mouthed scavenger with a hankering for mischief, while Wesley's Athena is a calculating operative for the separatist Free States of America — and the most effective power broker in the DMZ that no one there has heard of. Dunn's Oona is a powerful fixture of near-mythical stature who oversees an all-female commune, along with the most valuable currency in all the DMZ: the water supply; Wu's Susie has a revolutionary past hat has shown her that the best of humanity can be discovered at its worst moments. Gallegos's Cesar is a ruthless and devoted consigliere who'll stop at nothing to secure his gang's authority in the DMZ, while Gummer's Rose is a jaded medic who tirelessly cares for the ill and injured of this disenfranchised population, regardless of the cost. Darshi's Franklin is one of the only smugglers who can get someone in or out of the DMZ. Finally, Feliz's Carmen is the fearless and fiery partner to the biggest bad in the DMZ and a critical source of power and community in her native Spanish Harlem, while Sanders's Cedric is a straight-shooting citizen of the DMZ whose only care in the world is protecting his grandson.


In addition, Ernest Dickerson (Juice, Bosch) will direct & executive produce three episodes, with Carly Wray (Watchmen, Westworld) joining the writing team and serving as a co-executive producer. Patino serves as writer, showrunner, and executive producer, with DuVernay directing the pilot and executive producing

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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