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Gina Torres Lands Lead Role in ABC's Death of Eva Sofia Valdez Pilot

Suits vet Gina Torres has been cast as the title character in an ABC pilot called The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez, our sister site Deadline reports.

UPDATE: The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez was not picked up to series, and will not be happening.

The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez follows its central character, a Cuban immigrant who built herself into a successful entrepreneur and now is a vocal advocate for immigrant rights in Miami. But Eva’s ambition can flare out of control, affecting the well being of her family, and there’s also the matter of (perhaps literal) ghosts from her past knowing exactly how she scraped her way to the top. Oh, and did we mention that Eva burns with the desire to carry out revenge on a lover who did her wrong?

Eva Sofia, which would be Torres’ first series-lead role, wouldn’t immediately affect her part on Suits. But if the series is greenlit, Torres will remain a regular through the USA Network drama’s upcoming sixth season “with her character likely phased out,” Deadline reports.

The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez is written by Cuban-American playwright Charise Castro Smith and executive-produced by Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, Castro Smith and ABC Studios. The cast includes Raúl Castillo (Looking), Angelica Celaya (Constantine), Marta Milans (Killer Women), Zabryna Guevara (Gotham), Alison Fernandez (Law & Order: SVU), Christina Pickles (Friends) and Christian Ochoa.

In addition to Suits, Torres’ TV credits include FireflyRevengeHannibal and Alias.

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