Gina Torres Lines Up Next Gig Following SUITS Departure
Following on from last’s night’s written-on-the wall exit from USA Network’s Suits, Gina Torres already has her next role lined up.
The Firefly and Hannibal star will join the ABC/Shonlaland drama The Catch in a recurring guest role when it returns for its sophomore run sometime mid-season.
Suits creator and show runner Aaron Korsh revealed in an interview with THR late yesterday, that Torres wanted out of her role in order to achieve a work/life balance. (Suits is filmed in Toronto Canada, while Torres makes her home in LA.)
But while Jessica Pearson may have had her happy ending — leaving the firm and taking off to Chicago with her on-again-off-again flame Jeff Malone (D.B. Woodside) — Korsh admitted he originally wanted a much darker exit for the founder of Pearson Specter Litt.
“It was out there that Gina had taken this pilot, so people knew that if the pilot went, there was a good chance she’d be leaving,” Korsh told the magazine.
“In my mind, Jessica was going to make this decision to go off into the sunset with Jeff Malone, and that father Larry Marsden (Colin Glazer), who was a little bit crazy and accosted Rachel and got broken on the stand, was going to bring a gun and go nuts and kill her. I didn’t think we were going to see it; we were going to hear about it. It was going to shatter everyone and we were going to do a two-year time jump afterwards.”
Kirsch went on to reveal that the network nixed his plan.
Of course, a very much alive Jessica Pearson leaves the door open for the actress to make a Suits return at some point in the show’s future. (Suits was recently renewed for a 7th season by USA Network.)
“It does absolutely leave the door open for her to come back,” said Korsh. “The door was still open for her to come back because we do flashbacks. They’re in the DNA of the show.”
The Catch, starring Mireille Enos and Peter Krause, follows LA’s top private investigator who is conned out of millions by her fiancee, and embarks on a private mission for payback.