HBO Max’s DMZ Adaptation Adds 9 Members to Its Cast of War-Torn Manhattanites

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HBO Max’s DMZ Adaptation Adds 9 Members to Its Cast of War-Torn Manhattanites
A comic panel from Vertigo's DMZ shows a helicopter taking in the sights over post-apocalyptic Manhattan.
A helicopter taking in the sights over the DMZ.
Image: Ricardo Burchielli

In Ava DuVernay’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Vertigo’s DMZ for HBO Max, a war-torn Manhattan becomes one of the last remaining “safe” zones in the middle of a civil war that’s devastated the United States of America. But life for those located on the titular demilitarized zone is anything but peaceful.

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Unlike Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli’s DMZ comic, which primarily followed a journalist’s adventures as he traveled to Manhattan five years after the onset of the war, HBO’s series will instead revolve around medic Alma Ortega (Rosario Dawson) who returns to the island in search of her son. As Alma journeys through the ruins of the DMZ, she’ll encounter figures like Parco Delgado (Benjamin Bratt), one of the island’s most ruthless gang leaders vying to secure control of the island. Treacherous as the DMZ is, though, Alma will find a number of allies among the rest of the island’s remaining population of people who weren’t evacuated during the war’s onset.

Top row, from left to right: Rutina Wesley, Rey Gallegos, Mamie Gummer. Bottom row, from left to right:: Agam Darshi, Nora Dunn, Jade Wu.
Top row, from left to right: Rutina Wesley, Rey Gallegos, Mamie Gummer. Bottom row, from left to right:: Agam Darshi, Nora Dunn, Jade Wu.
Image: DC Comics/HBO Max

This week, DC Comics announced nine new cast members coming to the show, who will all play some part in DMZ’s story of how Alma’s search for her son brings something unexpected to everyone’s lives. Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Rey Gallegos (Animal Kingdom), Mamie Gummer (True Detective), Agam Darshi (Funny Boy), Nora Dunn (The Big Leap), Jade Wu (Luke Cage), Juani Feliz (Harlem), Venus Ariel (NCIS: New Orleans), and Henry G. Sanders (Queen Sugar) are all set to appear across DMZ’s four episodes. No character details have been revealed specifically yet, other than that they’re all people who cross paths with Alma on her journey.