The Lioness program was a real initiative by the CIA and the US military during the Iraq War, a corps of female soldiers deployed to Iraq to fight so-called insurgents and fight alongside Marines in the field (via ACLU). In 2008, a documentary about Team Lioness was released, documenting the exploits of the rare women’s combat squad (via USA Today).
The Paramount+ show features a dramatized portrayal of Team Lioness from writer and executive producer Taylor Sheridan, with new star power from Academy Award, Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner Nicole Kidman, who also serves as executive producer. Kidman previously worked with the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Baz Luhrmann before tackling television appearances like her acclaimed roles on HBO’s Big Little Lies and 2021 Hulu drama Nine Perfect Strangers. She recently took on a central role in last year’s Viking epic The Norseman. Zoe Saldaña also serves as an executive producer on Lioness.