Suits spinoff adds four actors as series regulars


The cast for USA Network and Universal Cable Productions’ upcoming spinoff of Suits has added four series regulars.

The four actors newly cast in the spinoff series include Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), Chantel Riley (Wynonna Earp), Isabel Arraiza (The Oath), and Eli Goree (Ballers), Deadline reports. The quartet will be joining fellow series regulars Simon Kassianides and Morgan Spector. The show will be anchored by Suits alum Gina Torres.

The season 7 finale of Suits doubled as a backdoor pilot for the spinoff. The episode featured Torres, Kassianides, Spector, Riley, and Rebecca Rittenhouse as five of the characters from the new series. Rittenhouse’s character has since been recast with Lenz.

The series will center on Torres’ Jessica Pearson, a powerful lawyer who must adjust to the morally questionable world of Chicago politics. Suits creator Aaron Korsh and Torres, among others, executive produce the series and Daniel Arkin will serve as showrunner.

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In the backdoor pilot, Spector portrayed Bobby Golec, the charismatic, working-class Chicago mayor. Meanwhile, Kassianides played Nick D’Amato a cop who is the Mayor’s driver but also is somehow connected to a big Chicago developer.

As for the newly cast actors, Lenz will take over the role of Keri Allen an ambitious Chicago born and bred lawyer who is also the Mayor’s unofficial right hand.

Riley depicts Angela, Jessica’s cousin, a nursing assistant who is suspicious of her cousin’s seemingly altruistic motives. She also has a number of personal responsibilities including her two sons, her mother, and her community.

Arraiza portrays Yoli Castillo, Jessica’s assistant who Jessica is teaching to make good use of her inherent passion.

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Gore will play Derrick Mayes, a former journalist, and current press secretary to the Mayor. The character wants to make a difference but finds the reality of politics is different from his idealistic vision.

Filming for the spinoff is starting in Los Angeles. No word yet on a premiere date or even a title for the series.

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