Maria Bello is set to star in the HBO drama produced by Russell Crowe In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Maria Bello is teaming up with Oscar winners Simon Beaufoy and Russell Crowe for the series project Emergency Sex for HBO.

Bello will star in the drama which is being written by Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). The project will be executive produced by Bello, Beaufoy and Crowe.

The show is inspired by the book "Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story From Hell on Earth" from writer Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait and Andrew Thomson. It centers on "the larger-than-life exploits of expatriate nongovernment-organization workers who find their sanity tested in the face of atrocities, loneliness and primal desires."

The book is an account of the real-life experiences of Cain, Postlewait and Thomson. They met in Cambodia during the 1990s when they were members of a UN peacekeeping mission.

Crowe also purchased the rights to the book for a screen adaptation.