Julianna Margulies has been set to star in “The Hot Zone,” National Geographic’s miniseries based on Richard Preston’s bestseller about an Ebola virus outbreak in Washington D.C. in 1980. She’ll portray Nancy Jaax, a veterinarian and U.S. Army scientist who was accidentally exposed to the deadly virus through a tear in her protective suit.
“Working with a super-secret military SWAT team, [Jaxx] put her and her family’s life at-risk to head off an outbreak before it spread to the human population,” Nat Geo’s CEO Courteney Monroe told the press at the Television Critics Association press tour.
The series reunites Margulies, who is currently appearing AMC’s “Dietland,” with Ridley Scott and Scott Free Productions, who produced “The Good Wife. Production begins this fall for a planned 2019 premiere.