One of the most underappreciated actresses on television, Suit’s Gina Torres has been cast in the title role in the upcoming new ABC drama pilot, The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez.
Torres just completed her fifth season on USA’s critically acclaimed legal drama. Her casting in the new show won’t impact her status on the Suits. Torres will remain a regular through season six, fulfilling her six-year contract, with her character likely getting phased out.
The upcoming ABC pilot, written by Cuban-American playwright Charise Castro Smith, is described as a sexy revenge drama with a supernatural twist and MacBeth with a Cuban twist. It centers on Eva Sofia Valdez (Torres), an immigrant who rose from rags to riches and is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and a champion for immigrant rights. But the success of this ” modern-day Havana-born Cleopatra” is fueled by an insatiable ambition that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover who betrayed her, and ghosts from the past who threaten to reveal the dark sacrifices Eva Sofia made to obtain the American Dream.
This will be Torres’ first series lead role who has been superb on Suits as the smart and decisive Jessica Pearson. Suits will return on USA Network later this summer.