It’s official — “Lioness,” the TV drama based on a real-life CIA program, will be filming multiple locations across Maryland starting this fall.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced in a press release on Tuesday that the Paramount+ series, which stars Zoe Saldaña and Canadian actress Laysla De Oliveira, is tentatively scheduled to shoot in Baltimore, western Maryland, on the east coast and in the suburbs of Washington.
The press release doesn’t outline a timeline for filming, but Baltimore’s Waverly Improvement Association previously announced on social media that streets in the neighborhood were set to close last weekend to accommodate “Lioness” film crews.
“We are thrilled to have Maryland serve as the backdrop for a production by one of the most prolific creative teams working in the television industry today,” Hogan said in the statement.
“This type of series has the potential to generate significant impact through the creation of jobs and income for local businesses.”
Since 2011, the film industry has contributed about $900 million to state coffers, according to the Maryland Film Office.
“Lioness” tells the story of a brutal but passionate sailor, played by De Oliveira, who is recruited to infiltrate a terrorist organization from within. Saldaña, who has appeared in several high-profile sci-fi series (including the “Star Trek” franchise), will play Joe, the station manager for the Lioness program.
The show was created by Taylor Sheridan of “Yellowstone.” He is also executive producer and showrunner of “Lioness” which is slated to air in 2023.
“Yellowstone” regulars James Jordan and Dave Annable, as well as LaMonica Garrett, who appears in the “Yellowstone” prequel series “1883.”