National Geographic, with Scott Free Productions and 20th Television, announced today that Tony Goldwyn ("King Richard," "Scandal," "Lovecraft Country") and Daniel Dae Kim ("Hawaii Five-0," "Lost," "The Good Doctor") will star in the next installment of the scripted anthology series THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX. Previously announced, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson will return as executive producers and showrunners, focusing this season's limited series on the harrowing anthrax attacks of 2001. Principal photography will begin this winter 2021 in Toronto.
Tony Goldwyn, Daniel Dae Kim
In a timely limited series that depicts the plight and eventual triumph over a National threat, THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX takes place in 2001, just weeks after 9/11, where the United States was rocked by another deadly act of terrorism. Letters containing anthrax were sent to unsuspecting victims in Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. The anonymous assault claimed five lives and caused panic throughout the U.S. 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.
"Tony and Daniel are both wonderfully versatile and dimensional actors who will bring complexity and depth to these characters," said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president of scripted and documentary films, National Geographic.
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 discoveries.
Kim will portray Matthew Ryker, an FBI agent with a specialty 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.
"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," said Souders and Peterson, showrunners and executive producers.