The spinoff will be focusing on Christine Baranski’s character Diane Lockhart, which is said to be little lighter in tone than the mothership drama and take place one year after the events of The Good Wife’s series finale. The premise for the spinoff is as follows:
An enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia, 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.
Rose Leslie (known for playing Ygritte in Game of Thrones) will be playing Diane’s goddaughter Maia. Also cast in the series is Sarah Steele, reprising her role as Eli Gold’s smart and outspoken daughter Marissa Gold. In the spinoff, she begins as Diane Lockhart’s secretary, but finds she has a knack for investigating.
The Good Wife Creators Robert and Michelle King who co-wrote the spinoff and will serve as executive producer/showrunners, released a statement saying:
We’re thrilled to have Rose on board. 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 series will debut on CBS All Access in February 2017.