Gummer (“Mr. Robot”) will play Melinda Rhodes, who meets Wade Carter (Liam Cunningham) and Trevor Rhodes (James D’Arcy) in 1976 Zaire, Africa while living in the region as an aid worker. Rhodes is one of the first people on-the-ground to encounter the deadly and mysterious Ebola virus. Along with Carter and Rhodes, Rhodes chases the disease into the jungle, helping those infected to no avail.
The Ebola virus first made its way to U.S. soil in 1989, a terrifying time period that the Nat Geo drama will also cover.