Wentworth Miller has shut down our hopes for a remake of Prison Break. The actor finally addressed the sixth season of the Fox series.
He took to his social media to reveal that he has officially stepped down from playing his character, Michael Scofield. The actor revealed he does not wish to play straight characters anymore.
Wentworth had come out back in 2013. He shared the news when negative comments were left on his page. The actor warned critics that he will be disabling his comments because of the possibility of having queer kids visit his page. He wrote, “the possibility of queer kids visiting here, recently out of the closet or exploring the idea… I don’t want them exposed to bulls—.”
The actor then announced that he is out of PB officially. Further explaining his decision, he said it is not because of “static on social media” but also specifies that it has centered the issue. He said he does not want to play straight characters and how their stories have been told time and again.
“So. No more Michael,” Wentworth continued. “If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons… I understand this is disappointing. I’m sorry.” He further wrote, “If you’re hot and bothered bec you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay one… That’s your work.”
However, the actor was not alone as the cast of Prison Break also voiced out their support for Wentworth’s decision. His on-screen brother on the series, Dominic Purcell, took to the comment section to support him. He described the time as fun and voiced out his support to him.
“The Cast Of Prison Break Is A Queer-Friendly Space”
The actor further added that he is glad that his co-actor made the decision for his health and truth. He encouraged him and wrote, “Glad you have made this decision for your health and your truth. Keep the posts coming. …. love ya brother.”
Even Wentworth’s love interest on the show, Sarah Wayne Callies, also commented on the decision. She played Dr. Sara Tancredi and took to her Instagram to voice out her support as well. The actress wrote that with gratitude for the work they did and with deep love, she voiced out her support for the choice.
She wrote, “to all the fans, know this: the cast of prison break is a queer-friendly space. we stand with – and among – our friends & family in the LGBTQ+ community with full-throated support for their rights and artistic work. all the time. Always.”
The actress also added that if it is a problem for anyone, she added, “to quote a good man, ‘that’s your work.'” Prison Break had aired for four seasons from 2005 to 2009 on Fox. However, a TV film was also released called The Final Break. The series was further aired for a fifth season in 2017.
The show centered around Michael Scofield (Miller) devising a plan to help his older brother, Lincoln Burrows (Purcell), escape from prison after he was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.
Michael Thorn, the network president had confirmed in 2018 that a new season might be in the developmental stages. He had revealed it is in the “very early stages of development,” according to TV Line.
The then-CEO Gary Newman had said at the time that the sixth season will not include the entire new cast. He said that the series creator, Paul Scheuring, had an epic idea for the next season. Gary said the creator pitched it to them and it is still very early because they haven’t seen any written materials.
Dominic had also hinted at a possible Prison Break new season is in the working. He took to his social media and wrote, “Rumor number 1. I’m old. Yes. I’m 50…..Rumor number 2. I’m bald. No, I have a full head of hair; the people demand I shave it. Rumor number 3, Will season PB 6 happen. Yes…..Rumor number 4. Do I like humans? No. Not on mass. Definitely not.”