Emerald City has found its Dorothy.
Adria Arjona (Person of Interest) has landed the lead role in NBC’s upcoming Wizard of Oz drama, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
In the series, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way never seen before, 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 series is based on L. Frank Baum‘s Wizard of Oz book series.
Emerald City was originally developed for the 2013-14 season and picked up straight to series in January 2014. However, the network opted not to move forward when NBC and producers could not agree on a shared vision for the show. Universal TV shopped the series to other potential networks before NBC revived the series in April.
Replacing Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Matt Arnold (Siberia), David Schulner (Dracula, The Event) will write, exec produce and serve as showrunner on the 10-episode drama, which hails from Universal Television. The series is slated to premiere midseason.
Arjona is the first casting for Emerald City. The actress can next be seen on the new season of True Detective. She is repped by UTA, One Entertainment and Stone, Meyer.