Julianna Margulies The Hot Zone

‘Captain Marvel’ is set in 1995.  Netflix paid $100 million to keep ‘Friends’ available to stream for one more year.  And Weezer recently had another radio hit.  There’s no question– the ’90s are back!  And the new National Geographic miniseries ‘The Hot Zone’ is set to take viewers back to 1995 and the Ebola virus panic that gripped the nation and inspired the 1995 hit film ‘Outbreak’, not to mention ’12 Monkeys’, and the low-budget TV movie ‘Virus’.

Speaking of the ’90s, ‘The Hot Zone’ stars Julianna Margulies, who rocketed to fame starring on ‘ER’ opposite pre-movie star George Clooney and his Caesar’s haircut.  (Of course, Margulies went on to headline her own series, ‘The Good Wife’ for seven seasons in the ’10s.)  ‘The Hot Zone’ is inspired by Richard Preston book of the same name– which was also the basis for ‘Outbreak’– and traces the origins of the deadly Ebola virus and depicts the CDC investigators who attempt to prevent the spread of the disease to the human population.

Margulies plays Dr. Nancy Jaax, an army doctor heading up this race against time.  The cast also includes Liam Cunningham (‘Game of Thrones’), James D’Arcy (‘Homeland’), Noah Emmerich (‘The Americans’), Topher Grace (‘BlacKkKlansman’), Paul James (‘The Last Ship’), and Robert Sean Leonard (‘Law & Order: SVU’).

In the trailer for the miniseries, Margulies and her comrades are seen struggling in hazmat suits.  Margulies said of the filming:

“My respect quadrupled for people who run the CDC, just by putting on the suit itself.  These people are our heroes. They put their lives on the line.”

Watch the trailer for yourself below:

Among others, Ridley Scott serves as an executive producer for this miniseries.

The terrifying true story of the origins of the Ebola virus, a highly infectious deadly virus from the central African rain forest, and its first arrival on U.S. soil. In 1989, when this killer suddenly appeared in chimpanzees in a scientific lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., there was no known cure. A heroic U.S. Army veterinarian working with a secret military SWAT team put herself in mortal peril when she tried to head off the outbreak before it spread to the human population.

‘The Hot Zone’ arrives on National Geographic on Memorial Day, May 27.

Source: Entertainment Weekly