Rosario Dawson Boards Hulu's 'Dopesick'

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Rosario Dawson has joined the A-list cast of Dopesick, Hulu's limited series about the opioid crisis.

The Briarpatch actress will star opposite Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard and Katilyn Dever in the drama, based on Beth Macy's best-selling book. Dawson will play Bridget Meyer, a DEA agent who fights to curtail the use of OxyContin.

Dopesick is described as an ambitious, harrowing, and compelling look into the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, taking viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community to the hallways of the DEA and to the opulence of "one percenter" Big Pharma Manhattan. It also aims to give unsparing but human portraits of people affected by the crisis and how their stories intersect.

The cast also includes Will Poulter, John Hoogenakker, Philippa Soo and Jake McDorman.

Touchstone Television and The Littlefield Company are producing the series. Danny Strong (Empire, Game Change) is writing and will executive produce with director Barry Levinson (HBO's Paterno, Homicide: Life on the Street), John Goldwyn, Warren Littlefield, Macy and Karen Rosenfelt.

Dopesick is the latest in a string of high-profile TV projects for Dawson. She's attached to HBO Max's pilot DMZ, based on the DC comic and to be directed by Ava DuVernay and is coming off USA's Briarpatch, executive produced by Sam Esmail. Dawson is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.