Sonja Sohn has been cast as a lead in the “Will Trent” drama pilot at ABC. Sohn will star alongside Ramón Rodríguez, Erika Christensen (Parenthood) Jake McLaughlin (Quantico), and Iantha Richardson (American Soul). Rodríguez will also serve as a producer in addition to starring. 20th Television is developing the project based on Karin Slaughter’s best-selling “Will Trent” novel series for ABC.
The series focuses on Special Agent Will Trent (Rodríguez) of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), who was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming of age in Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system. But now, determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one feels as abandoned as he was, Will Trent has the highest clearance rate in the GBI.
According to Deadline, Sohn will play Amanda, the head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Will’s (Rodriguez) boss, she’s coldly competent and always camera ready for a press conference. Climbing the ranks at the GBI has made Amanda a real ball-buster, but she has a mysterious soft spot for Will.
The show is being developed by Liz Heldens and Dan Thomsen, who previously worked together on The Big Leap and Fox’s The Passage. They will also serve as executive producers on the series along with Slaughter. Heldens and Thomsen have written the pilot episode.
Sohn’s previous credits include Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird, Star Trek: Discovery, The Chi, Utopia, Luke Cage and HBO’s The Wire. Sohn can be seen next in James Rowe’s thriller Breakwater, opposite Mena Suvari and Dermot Mulroney.
The first book in the “Will Trent” novel series titled “Triptych,” was published in 2006. There are currently a total of 10 books in the series with the most recent being “The Silent Wife,” which was published in 2020.
If “Will Trent” receives a series order, we expect to see the show arrive on Hulu and internationally on Disney+.