The Academy Award winner, who is deaf, will play Jocelyn Turner, an ex-FBI agent who was one of the Bureau’s top undercover agents before she lost her hearing after being too close to a bomb blast. Though Jocelyn was forced into a do-nothing role after the accident, she’ll now be part of a special unit staffed by returning characters. Matlin will be a series regular.
Quantico will undergo a reboot of sorts when it returns; executive producer Joshua Safran stepped down as showrunner at the end of Season 2, and series regulars Yasmine Al Massri and Pearl Thusi have exited the series in the months that followed. In June, ABC confirmed that Code Black showrunner Michael Seitzman will replace Safran at Quantico while continuing his duties at the CBS medical drama. In June, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello reported that the show would simplify its mythology and streamline its storylines in an effort to nab new viewers.
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Matlin’s prolific television career includes stints on Reasonable Doubts, The West Wing, The L Word and The Magicians. Quantico is slated to return at midseason.