Rose Leslie has signed on to the cast of CBS’ new The Good Wife spinoff series, joining The Good Wife veterans Christine Baranski, Sarah Steele, and Cush Jumbo in the upcoming show. Baranski will reprise her role as Diane Lockhart, Steele’s back as Marissa Gold, and Jumbo will once again play Lucca Quinn. Announcing Rose Leslie’s casting, CBS revealed she’ll be playing Maia, “Diane’s goddaughter who joins her firm just after passing the bar, and is a key part of Diane’s plan for the future.”
Leslie’s best known to millions of Game of Thrones fans for playing wildling Ygritte and delivering the line, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” Her credits also include Downton Abbey, Honeymoon, Luther, and Morgan.
CBS’s The Good Wife spinoff will air on CBS All Access, the network’s subscription video on-demand service. The series is expected to premiere in February 2017 and will kick off with a special broadcast on CBS before moving to CBS All Access. The new The Good Wife comes from the original series’ creators Robert and Michelle King. The Kings are the showrunners and executive produce the upcoming new show, with Phil Alden, Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer, Brooke Kennedy and Alison Cross also on board as executive producers.
“We’re thrilled to have Rose on board,” stated executive producers Robert and Michelle King. “We needed a young actress who could hold her own with Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, and Rose is perfect. She’s real, she’s strong and she can play comedy. If we designed an actress from the ground up, we couldn’t have done better.”
The Plot: As previously announced, the new series will pick up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of The Good Wife. In the series, an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia (Leslie), while simultaneously wiping out her mentor Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.