National Geographic has released the first trailer for its upcoming six-episode limited series The Hot Zone.
Based on the best-selling novel from Richard Preston, with Kelly Soulders and Brian Peterson (Salem) acting as showrunners, The Hot Zone chronicles the origins of Ebola and what happened when the virus first hit the United States in 1989. The series will follow an Army scientist working with a secret military specialized team tasked with keeping the virus from spreading to humans.
The Hot Zone stars the likes of Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) as Army veterinarian Dr. Nancy Jaax, the leader in mankind’s race to contain Ebola; Noah Emmerich (The Americans) as Nancy’s husband Lt. Col. Jerry Jaax, willing to risk his life for his country and the fate of mankind; Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) as Wade Carter, Nancy’s trusted ally in her fight against Ebola; Topher Grace (That ’70s Show) as virologist Dr. Peter Jahrling, who butts heads with Nancy on the best way to handle the outbreak; James D’Arcy (Agent Carter) as as CDC official and Carter nemesis Trevor Rhodes; Paul James (The Path) as Ben Gellis, a lab tech assisting Nancy and Wade; and Robert Sean Leonard (House) as Walter Humboldt, a liaison between Hazleton, a scientific research corporation, and its primate lab in Reston.
Part of a scripted slate that includes Genius and Mars, The Hot Zone premieres Memorial Day on National Geographic.