Parts of Maryland and Washington DC will serve as the backdrop for a new television series.
“Lioness,” the new original series from Paramount+, is based on a real-life CIA program and follows Cruz Manuelos (Laysla De Oliveira), a tough but passionate young Marine recruited to join the CIA’s Lioness engagement team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within.
Created and produced by Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, 1883, Mayor of Kingstown), “Lioness” stars Zoe Saldaña and De Oliveira.
Saldaña will also executive produce alongside Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and her production company, Blossom Films. The series will also be produced by David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, David Hutkin, Jill Wagner, Geyer Kosinski, Michael Malone and John Hillcoat.
Saldaña will play Joe, the station manager of the Lioness program responsible for training, managing and directing its female undercover agents. The series also stars James Jordan (Yellowstone), LaMonica Garrett (1883), and Dave Annable (Yellowstone).
The show is scheduled to tour throughout Maryland, including tentative locations in the metropolitan suburbs of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Western Maryland, and the East Coast.
A series like “Lioness” should generate a significant economic impact in Maryland.
To give an idea of the potential impact of an episodic television series, the latest season of Netflix’s “House of Cards” hired more than 1,600 Marylanders and bought or rented goods or services to more than 1,700. Maryland companies with an impact greater than $100 million.
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