Nashville alum Eric Close is set as the male lead opposite Gina Torres in ABC’s drama pilot The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez.
Written by Cuban-American playwright Charise Castro Smith, The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez is described as a sexy revenge drama with a supernatural twist. It centers on Eva Sofia Valdez (Torres), a Cuban immigrant who rose from rags to riches and is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and a champion for immigrant rights. But her success is fueled by an insatiable ambition that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover Blair Monroe (Close) who betrayed her, and ghosts from the past who threaten to reveal the dark sacrifices Eva Sofia made to attain the American Dream.
Close’s Blair Monroe is a handsome and wealthy Miami aristocrat whose family has ruled the city for decades. Once deeply in love with Eva Sofia, he abandoned her, leaving her pregnant and destitute. Now a candidate for mayor, he meets Eva Sofia by chance at a public function — and pretends he has no recollection of her. However, he vividly recalls their affair — and in truth, there’s still a powerful attraction between them, even almost 30 years later. But his insulting and cowardly reaction to their chance meeting enrages Eva Sofia, whose thirst for vengeance may have tragic consequences for all involved.
This marks a re-teaming of Close and Torres — Close has been recurring on the USA drama series Suits, which stars Torres.
Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters executive produce alongside Castro Smith for ABC Studios.
Close was a series regular opposite Connie Britton on the first three seasons of ABC drama Nashville. On the feature side, the Without a Trace alum was seen in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. He is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment.