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HBO Max Signs Benjamin Bratt, Jameela Jamil and West Duchovny for Series

Fern Siegel

HBO Max announced several upcoming shows recently.

Benjamin Bratt will star opposite Rosario Dawson in the DC/Vertigo Comic series DMZ from Warner Bros. Television. He’s known for roles in “Miss Congeniality,” “Traffic,” and Disney-Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”).

“DMZ” is set in a near, dystopian future. America is engaged in a civil war, leaving a destroyed Manhattan a demilitarized zone isolated from the rest of the world. Bratt plays Parco Delgado, the popular leader of a powerful gang who wants to rule the DMZ.

The series is director Ava DuVernay’s second DC comic project. At present, she is directing the movie “New Gods.”

In addition, Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place,” “The Misery Index”) will host “Legendary,” a nine-episode voguing competition. The claws are out for the contestants who must appeal to a panel of judges, including Megan Thee Stallion (“Fever”), Law Roach (“America’s Next Model”) and Leiomy Maldonado, a ballroom regular and LGBT activist.

“Legendary” reveals ball culture and teams, called “Houses,” dance challenge each other for trophies and cash prizes. Voguing, made popular on FX’s “Pose,” is a competitive style of dance that showcases high fashion and choreography based on model poses.

On the teen front, West Duchovny (“The Magicians,” upcoming “A Mouthful of Air”) will stars in “Vegas High,” a 1990s coming-of-age drama. Duchovny, the daughter of David Duchovny and Tea Leoni, plays a wholesome teenager caught between the glitz of Las Vegas and her Mormon community. The series is written by Sarah-Raquel Jimenez and based on her personal experience.

The streamer also announced a new film label, Warner Max, which will create original films for HBO Max.

At Sundance, HBO Max bought “On the Record,” Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s documentary that focuses on the women who accused hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault and rape.

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