If you were waiting on a second “Prison Break” reboot starring Wentworth Miller, you’re out of luck.
The 48-year-old actor took to Instagram on Sunday to reveal that he is no longer interested in reprising his role as the criminal mastermind Michael Scofield for the popular Fox series.
“I’m out. Of PB. Officially,” he said. “Not bec of static on social media (although that has centered the issue). I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told).”
He continued: “So. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons… I understand this is disappointing. I’m sorry. 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. – W.M.”
Miller’s fictional brother and “Prison Break” co-star, Dominic Purcell, responded in support of the post. He said: “It was fun mate. What a ride it was. Fully support and understand your reasoning. Glad you have made this decision for you health and your truth. Keep the posts coming. …. love ya brother.”
Sarah Wayne Callies who played Miller’s wife on the show also responded to the announcement with a separate post on her Instagram account.
“With gratitude for all the work we did together, & with deep love, I’m voicing my support for that 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.”
There have been several rumors, largely spurred by teasers shared by former cast members, that a sixth season of “Prison Break” was in the works. Earlier this year, Dominic Purcell appeared to confirm a season six of the show was imminent, and Fox TV president Michael Thorn said that the network was actively discussing potential spin-offs for the show.
A sixth season of “Prison Break” will mark the show’s second reprisal. It first ran for four seasons from 2005-2009 and spawned a straight-to-video movie. A fifth standalone season aired on Fox in 2017.
The show tells the story of two brothers, one who was in prison with a death sentence (played by Purcell) with another (Wentworth) who plans and executes his brother’s escape.