Gina Torres, Firefly alum and star of USA Network’s hit legal drama Suits, has signed on for the lead role in the pilot for ABC’s drama The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez.
The actress will star as Eva Sofia Valdez, “a modern-day Havana-born Cleopatra” in what is being described as MacBeth with a Cuban twist. Valdez is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and champion of immigrant rights with a rags-to-riches immigrant story of her own. Her power is far-reaching and her rise to the top is admired by many, but fueled by insatiable ambition. It’s an intense level of drive that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover who betrayed her, and could unearth a haunted past that threatens to reveal Valdez dark and questionable sacrifices in the name of the American Dream.
While Suits has been renewed, where the conclusion of season five left Torres’ Jessica Pearson could mean a season six premiere appearance with a proper send off in order for Torres to focus her acting energies with the ABC show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As of now, however, Death of Eva Sofia Valdez is in second position to Suits.
Devious Maids writer Charise Castro Smith will write the pilot and serve as executive producer on the ABC Studios drama. Agent Carter’s showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters will also executive produce.
Actors Raul Castillo, Marta Milans, Zabryna Guevara, Alison Fernandez, Christian Ochoa and Christina Pickles also co-star in the soapy drama.