Adria Arjona has been cast as Dorothy in NBC’s upcoming Oz-inspired drama series “Emerald City,”Variety has confirmed.
Arjona is in demand, also enjoying a large arc in the second installment of HBO’s “True Detective,” premiering June 21.
“Emerald City,” inspired by L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” tales, follows 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Arjona) and her K9 police dog who, after a tornado, are transported to another world far away — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. The re-imagined series puts a darker spin on the classic story where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.
The project was revived with a new exec producer, “Do No Harm” creator-exec producer David Schulner, after NBC passed on the show last season. Originally, Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman were developing the fantasy series.
NBC is still searching for its other Dorothy — the lead in the network’s next live musical event “The Wiz,” which is set for Dec. 3. An open casting call launched last month to find the star.
Arjona’s TV credits also include “Person of Interest” and “Unforgettable.”
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