"DMZ": Benjamin Bratt Joins Ava DuVernay, HBO Max Series Adapt

Ava DuVernay's 2020 (and beyond) is going to start getting pretty "super" pretty quickly, with the critically-acclaimed and award-winning director heading behind the camera for a film adaptation of Jack Kirby's New Gods. On the "television" side, we're excited for DuVernay's other venture in the DCU: overseeing production and directing the pilot for HBO Max's upcoming series adaptation of Brian Wood's Vertigo comic DMZ.

Last month, it was confirmed that Rosario Dawson (Briarpatch) is set to lead the series as medic Alma Ortego. Now we're learning from Deadline Hollywood exclusively that Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Modern Family) is also joining the pilot in a series regular role.

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Written by showrunner and executive producer Roberto Patino, the pilot finds the U.S. in the midst of a new civil war that leaves Manhattan a demilitarized zone (or "DMZ"). Dawson's medic Ortego goes on a harrowing journey of saving lives while desperately searching for her lost son. As she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man's land, she becomes the fierce, unlikely source of what everyone here has lost – hope.

Known as a wildly magnetic, affable, and equally influential man, Bratt's Parco Delgado is the popular (and deadly) leader of one of the most powerful gangs in the DMZ. He wants to rule the DMZ  – and will stop at nothing to secure that outcome.

"DMZ is a special project to me as it marks a key collaboration with my company ARRAY Filmworks, the excellent team at Warner Bros TV and the dynamo Roberto Patino. We've all worked diligently on this material and I've witnessed Roberto in action. He's insanely talented and cares about telling stories with maximum impact and imagination. I'm eager to share this one with DC fans."

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One major thing that both DuVernay and Patino have in common? Both signed overall creative and production deals with Warner Bros Television towards the end of 2018. Production on the adaptation's pilot is expected to begin in early 2020, ahead of WarnerMedia's launch of new streamer HBO Max.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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