The upcoming spinoff of CBS’ The Good Wife (still untitled) has added a new character — and they’re related to someone audiences know well. Game of Thrones actor Rose Leslie will play Maia, the goddaughter of Christine Baranski’s Diane who’s set to be the lead of the new series.
Set a year after the series finale events of the original show, a financial scam has ruined Maia’s reputation while also wiping out Diane’s savings. In order to recover, they both move to another prestigious Chicago law firm with Cush Jumbo’s Lucca Quinn, who appeared in the final season of The Good Wife. Sarah Steele, who played Eli Gold’s (Alan Cumming) daughter Marissa Gold in the flagship show is also expected to appear in the spinoff.
“We needed a young actress who could hold her own with Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, and Rose is perfect,” The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, who are executive producing, co-writing, and running the new series, said in a statement.
The spinoff is set to premiere in February 2017 on CBS before moving exclusively to their streaming service CBS All Access.
Leslie first gained prominence as Gwen in the first season of Downton Abbey before becoming fan-favorite Ygritte on Game of Thrones in Seasons 3 and 4. Recently, she was seen in the films The Last Witch Hunter and Morgan.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor