What TV fan can forget Wentworth Miller, as the ultimate jailbird, Michael Scofield in Prison Break on Fox? His intricate tattoos were an original and fascinating touch to help him get out of jail. Get set to be disappointed, as Miller has announced he is officially done with Prison Break. On top of this, he doesn’t want to play straight characters anymore.
Wentworth Miller takes permanent escape
Wentworth Miller starred as Michael Scofield on Prison Break for over five seasons on Fox. However, there is sad news for his fans. Wentworth made an important announcement in an Instagram post on Sunday. Sharing an image of himself with his co-star, Dominic Purcell. His caption reads, “ANNOUNCEMENT: “I’m out of Prison Break. Officially.” In his caption, Miller went on to write that he doesn’t want to play straight characters. According to him, “their stories have been told.”
Wentworth went on to apologize to his fans. He wrote, “So. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons… I understand this is disappointing. I’m sorry.” – W.M.
In the previous IG post, Wentworth made similar statements while adding to his caption. He wrote, “If you’re hot and bothered bec [sic] you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay one… That’s your work.” Ouch! Ladies, that smarts!
Prison Break history and future
Fox originally aired a four-season run of Prison Break from 2009. The popular show was revived by the network in 2017 for the fifth season of nine episodes. Network president Michael Thorn did hint at the series continuing the following year. He confirmed that “a new iteration of Prison Break” was in the “very early stages of development.”
Later, Gary Newman, Fox’s CEO at the time, revealed a new season “would not [feature] an entirely new cast.” He added that series creator Paul Scheuring had come up with a new idea for another season of Prison Break. Newman said Scheuring had come in and pitched the idea. He said it was still “super early” and there were no scripts as yet.
Meanwhile, Yahoo Entertainment quotes a Fox source as saying that Season 6 of Prison break is not currently in development.
Wentworth Miller’s co-stars speak out
Two of Miller’s co-stars have publicly backed his decision to walk away from Prison Break. His onscreen brother, Dominic Purcell commented on Wentworth’s post, saying “Fully support and understand your reasoning. Glad you have made this decision for your health and your truth.”
Sarah Wayne Callies was Miller’s leading lady in the prison drama. She made her own post on Instagram on Monday. She referred to Wentworth Miller’s announcement of the previous day, where he announced he is done playing Michael Schofield. Callies explained that, as a gay man, he wants to focus on playing gay characters. She offered gratitude for all the work they had done together. Callies said she was voicing her support for his choice, with “deep love.”
Sarah wanted to ensure that all fans understood that the cast of Prison Break is a “queer-friendly space.” She added that they stand with their friends and family in the LGBTQ+ community, offering “full-throated support for their rights and artistic work.”Fans of Prison Break, do you feel you would watch the show without male lead Wentworth Miller? Sound off in the comments below.
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