THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie has joined the upcoming CBS All Access drama as a series regular, it was announced Wednesday.
Leslie will play 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.
“We’re thrilled to have Rose on board,” showrunners Robert and Michelle King said. “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.”
In addition to Baranski and Jumbo, who were both series regulars on the flagship series, Leslie also joins spinoff cast member Sarah Steele. Steele, who recurred for six of the drama’s seven seasons as Eli’s daughter (and Alicia’s body woman), Marissa Gold.
The still-untitled spinoff will center around an enormous financial scam that has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, Diane joins Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.
The 10-episode first season was originally set to premiere on CBS All Access sometime in spring 2017, following the January launch of the streamer’s first original scripted series, Star Trek: Discovery. However, last month CBS All Access bumped Star Trek back to May and pushed the premiere of The Good Wife offshoot to February. The first episode of the spinoff will now also premiere first on CBS.
The Kings, who created the original series, also came onboard as showrunners last month. They will exec produce with Phil Alden Robinson, who co-wrote the premiere with the Kings, as well as Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer, Brooke Kennedy and Alison Cross also serve as executive producers. Like the original series, CBS Television Studios will produce in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. (source)
Some news about two projects Rose is involved in : « Sticky Notes », an upcoming movie she filmed in 2014 [more informations] ; and « Carmilla », an audiobook which was released last October. [more informations]
About « Sticky Notes » : « Carnaby has boarded world rights to comedy-drama Sticky Notes starring Ray Liotta, Rose Leslie, Justin Bartha and Gina Rodriguez. […] In post-production with delivery expected later this year, Sticky Notes explores the story of Athena (Leslie), a struggling dancer trying to make it in LA, whose father Jack (Liotta) interrupts her lonely existence when he asks her to move home to Florida to care for him after breaking the news that he has cancer. Carnaby will screen the film at EFM. » (European Film Market, 11-19 Feb 2016). [source]
About « Carmilla » : « People’s Choice Award-winning actor David Tennant and Screen Actors Guild Awards-nominated actress Rose Leslie are nominated, along with a full cast, for their performance of an audio adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella Carmilla, in the “Original Work” category at the 2016 Audies Awards. » (The Audie Awards are awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks). You can see the full list of finalists here. [source]
Also, some fun fact : if you have seen the latest « Game of Thrones » season 6 teaser, you may have noticed Ygritte’s face next to Jon’s. You can watch it here !
While waiting for news of Rose, I’ve added 266 HD screencaptures from the season 4 of Game of Thrones to the gallery. Reminder: you can also find screencaptures from Season 2 here and Season 3 here. Expect a new gallery update with old pictures of Rose at various events in the next few days !
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