National Geographic Announces Cast For ‘The Hot Zone: Anthrax’

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13 Jan 21

National Geographic Announces Cast For ‘The Hot Zone: Anthrax’

Following on from a superb first season, National Geographic has announced the new cast for anthology series The Hot Zone, which tells the story of another deadly act of terrorism which took place just weeks after 9/11.

In a timely limited series that depicts the plight and eventual triumph over a national US threat, ‘The Hot Zone: Anthrax’ takes place in 2001, just weeks after 9/11, when the country was rocked by another deadly act of terrorism. Letters containing anthrax were sent to unsuspecting victims in Florida, Washington DC, and New York. The anonymous assault claimed five lives and caused panic. Despite interagency turf wars and many false leads, an unlikely team of scientists, FBI agents and government departments slowly closed in on a shocking prime suspect.

‘The Hot Zone: Anthrax’ sees Tony Goldwyn (‘King Richard’, ‘Scandal’, ‘Lovecraft Country’) and Daniel Dae Kim (‘Hawaii Five-0’, ‘Lost’, ‘The Good Doctor’) star in the next instalment of the scripted anthology series.

Goldwyn joins the series as Bruce Ivins, a brilliant microbiologist who becomes embroiled in the hunt to find the 2001 anthrax killer. While he works closely with the FBI to uncover who is behind the deadly anthrax letters, his growing instability and paranoia give way to even deeper and unnerving findings.

An actor, director and producer, Goldwyn recently completed production on ‘King Richard’ and starred in back-to-back critically acclaimed Broadway productions: Olivier Award-winner ‘The Inheritance’ and ‘Network’. He gave a scene-stealing guest appearance in ‘Lovecraft Country’ and co-starred in the series ‘Chambers’. Additionally, he concluded his role as President Fitzgerald Grant in ‘Scandal’ after its seven-season run.

Kim will portray Matthew Ryker, an FBI agent with a speciality in microbiology, who, just three weeks after the 9/11 attacks, risks his career to convince his superiors of the unthinkable, that the United States is under attack again.

Currently, Kim can be seen in ‘New Amsterdam’, and later this year stars opposite Toni Collette and Anna Kendrick in the feature film ‘Stowaway’. Kim also is an executive producer on the critically acclaimed series ‘The Good Doctor’. Previously, he received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble for his role on the hit series ‘Lost’, and starred as Chin Ho Kelly in the juggernaut series ‘Hawaii Five-0’ for seven years.

“Tony Goldwyn and Daniel Dae Kim have such tremendous depth as actors and are the perfect duo to dive into the twists and turns of the deadly attacks that sent the country into panic,” commented Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, who return as showrunners and executive producers for Season 2.

Souders and Peterson are joined by Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker as executive producers, with Jordan Sheehan also serving as executive producer. Lynda Obst is an executive producer. Richard Preston is a co-executive producer on the series. The series is produced by 20th Television and Scott Free Productions.

Season 1 of the drama starred Julianna Margulies, based on Richard Preston’s international best-seller of the same name, it followed events in 1989, when the deadly Ebola virus made its first known appearance on US soil in a scientific facility outside Washington, DC.

The Hot Zone: Anthraxbegin filming Early 2021 in Toronto.