Suits is planning a spin-off based around Gina Torres’ character Jessica Pearson.
The Season 7 finale, which is due in the first quarter of 2018, will serve as a backdoor pilot reuniting Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Pearson as she adjusts to her new life in Chicago.
When she is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, Pearson must rely on her legal wits and relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory.
The pilot will be executive produced and written by Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin.
“Gina Torres is a terrific actress and a valued member of our family,” said Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and president of Universal Cable Productions. “Gina and Aaron have created a truly memorable character in Jessica Pearson, and we felt we owed it to the audience – and ourselves! – to follow her journey beyond the original show.”
The first half of Season 7 is currently airing in Australia on Universal.