Daniel Dae Kim on His Lead Role in Unsolved Mystery with NatGeo’s The Hot Zone: Anthrax [Exclusive Interview]

Daniel Dae Kim stars as FBI Agent Matthew Ryker in National Geographic’s upcoming series THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX. (National Geographic/Peter Stranks)

The anthrax terrorist incidents of the 2000s remained as one of the unsolved mysteries that occurred after 9/11. In a timely limited series from National Geographic, The Hot Zone: Anthrax looks into the terror, panic, rushed investigation, and the prime suspect with Daniel Dae Kim leading the FBI on this wild chase.

Here is the official synopsis:

In the limited series that depicts the plight and eventual triumph over a national threat, The Hot Zone: Anthrax takes place in 2001, just weeks after 9/11, when the United States was rocked by another deadly act of terrorism. Letters containing anthrax were sent to unsuspecting victims in Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. The anonymous assault claimed five lives and caused panic throughout the U.S. Despite many false leads, a team of FBI agents and scientists slowly closed in on a shocking prime suspect.

While many of us can remember the breaking news headlines and widespread fear that arose during the anthrax attacks, there are many layers to this chilling and unbelievable crime story that have not yet been told.

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The Hot Zone: Anthrax, inspired by true events, follows parallel stories of Matthew Ryke (Daniel Dae Kim) and Dr. Bruce Ivins (Tony Goldwyn). Ryker, an FBI agent with a specialty in microbiology, risks his career to convince his superiors of the unthinkable just three weeks after the 9/11 attacks: The United States is under attack again. Ivins—a brilliant microbiologist who becomes embroiled in the hunt to find the 2001 anthrax killer—works closely with the FBI to uncover who is behind the deadly anthrax letters, while his growing instability and paranoia give way to even deeper and unnerving discoveries.

LRM Online spoke with actor Daniel Dae Kim on his lead role as the fictional character Matthew Ryke, who represents the many persons in the FBI real story.

Daniel Dae Kim is best known as Jin-Soon Kwon in the Lost series, Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0, and Gavin Park in Angel. Also, he played Ben Daimio in the comic book film Hellboy and voiced Chief Benja in the Disney animated film Raya and the Last Dragon. He voiced Johnny Gat in the Saint Row video games series and runs the production company 3AD, which produces the television series The Good Doctor.

The Hot Zone: Anthrax premieres tonight with double-stacked episodes at 9/8c on National Geographic Channel and streams on Hulu.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, National Geographic, Hulu

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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