Nat Geo drops edgy trailer for The Hot Zone: Anthrax

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In the wake of 9/11 and on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the deadly attacks, National Geographic has released the much anticipated trailer for scientific thriller, The Hot Zone: Anthrax. 

This second series of The Hot Zone, stars Tony Goldwyn and Daniel Dae Kim, and will premiere with the first two episodes at 9pm and 10pm, Wednesday 1 December, on National Geographic. 

The first series of The Hot Zone featured Julianna Margulies focused on an Ebola outbreak and became the channel’s most-watched scripted series ever.

The Hot Zone: Anthrax

In a timely limited series that depicts the plight and eventual triumph over a deadly threat, The Hot Zone: Anthrax takes place in 2001, when the United States was rocked by another unprecedented 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 throughout the US. 

Despite many false leads, a team of FBI agents and scientists slowly closed in on a shocking prime suspect.

While many of us can remember the breaking news headlines and widespread fear that arose during the anthrax attacks, there are many layers to this chilling and unbelievable crime story that have not yet been told.

The Hot Zone: Anthrax, inspired by true events, follows parallel stories of Matthew Ryker (Kim) and Dr. Bruce Ivins (Goldwyn). 

Ryker, an FBI agent with a specialty in microbiology, risks his career to convince his superiors of the unthinkable just three weeks after the 9/11 attacks: The United States is under attack again. 

Ivins, a brilliant microbiologist who becomes embroiled in the hunt to find the 2001 anthrax killer, works closely with the FBI to uncover who is behind the deadly anthrax letters, while his growing instability and paranoia give way to deeper unnerving discoveries.

The cast includes FBI Special Agent Dani Toretti (Dawn Olivieri), who is tough enough to manoeuvre through the boys club in the bureau and is among the first agents on the ground at the 2001 Capitol Hill anthrax attack; bureau newbie agent Chris Moore (Ian Colletti), a graduate of Quantico and eager to learn under a seasoned agent; and high-ranking FBI lifer Ed Copak (Dylan Baker), who feels the weight of responsibility to get justice for a wounded nation after the recent events of 9/11. 

They are joined by FBI agent Eric Sykes (Morgan Kelly), a cocky agent who delights in mocking Ryker for his hunt for “elusive bio-weapons”; Sheila Willis (Denyce Lawton), a pharmaceutical lobbyist dating Ryker but rethinking her priorities after 9/11; and Dr Simon Kurz (Carlos Gonzalez-Vio), a USAMRIID colleague of Ivins who finds himself out of his depth when suspicion among scientists starts to bubble up in the tight quarters of the biosafety level 4 labs. 

Jody Hall (Vanessa Matsui), is a diligent USAMRIID scientist seen as a confidante by many with a wary eye on the political and personal agendas of those around her; Mayor Rudy Giuliani (Enrico Colantoni), who emerges as a bold advocate for the citizens of New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and respected journalist and NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw (Harry Hamlin), the steady and trusted voice of reason for a post 9/11 nation.

Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson serve as executive producers and show-runners on the new series. 

Scott Free Production’s Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker are executive producers, with Jordan Sheehan also serving as executive producer. 

Lynda Obst and Daniel Percival are also executive producers. Richard Preston is a co-executive producer on the series. 

The series is produced by 20th Television and Scott Free Productions.