'Prison Break' Star Sarah Wayne Callies Is Ready For The Revival, But Wants To Make Sure It's Done "Beautifully"
It's a good day for Prison Break fans. For some time now, it's been reported that some type of "sequel" to the FOX drama, which ended in 2009, would make it's way back to the small screen. Well, on Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, it was revealed that Prison Break 's revival is officially a go. Better yet, leads Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell have both signed on to reprise their roles as brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows. That said, what about Dr. Sara Tancredi? It appears she is ready to sign on as well, but it's not yet official. Before the news broke, I spoke with Sarah Wayne Callies about her excitement over the possibility of more Prison Break.
"I did not see it coming," the 38-year-old actor says about the whole idea of a series she was part of for four seasons returning to the small screen. "The Prison Break family has been so extraordinary loyal and passionate and supportive. I mean, I think I owe them my career. It's interesting. I'm excited for it, but I'm nervous about it, because I haven't read any of it."
As ready as she is to return to the show and a character that is so close to her heart, Callies hopes the reboot does the story justice. "It's being written right now and it really matters to me that we take care of that story," she says. "I loved Sara Tancredi so much and Michael and Lincoln. These characters meant so much to me. If we're going to go back and do it, I want to make sure we're gonna go back and do it beautifully."
The thought of going back to Sara, a character she hasn't played for some time now, really excites her. "I think it's a really exciting idea," she declares. "The idea of revisiting a character that I haven't played — you know, the first season of Prison Break aired 10 years ago. So, we've been off for six years. So, the idea of revisiting a character and figuring out how she's evolved and what that story is and who she is now, I think it's a really exciting challenge, but I want to get my hands on some scripts and read them."
Callies admits she has "talked to some of the people involved" with the revival: "There's a whole lot of good will on both sides in terms of, 'Hey, we're gonna do this. Let's see if we can make you apart of it.'"
Admittedly, the actor says the stars all returning is a "logistical challenge," especially since most of the Prison Break cast is on different shows, including Callies, who is now starring on USA's Colony.
Well, now that it's been revealed that both Miller and Purcell are returning, here's hoping Callies can make it work, too, because it sure sounds like she's ready to.
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