BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-THEATRE-OLIVIER-AWARDS"The Good Wife" spinoff has officially been kissed by fire! "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey" alum Rose Leslie (who is also dating Kit Harington, and he's the lucky one) is joining the CBS All Access show in the major series regular role of Maia.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Maia is Diane Lockhart's (Christine Baranski) goddaughter. She just passed the bar herself and joins Diane's current firm -- which also includes "Good Wife" favorite Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo).

The spinoff picks up one year after "The Good Wife" finale. In the story, an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of young lawyer Maia, while also wiping out her mentor Diane's savings. They are forced out of Lockhart & Lee and join Lucca at another major Chicago law firm.

"We're thrilled to have Rose on board," executive producers Robert and Michelle King said in a statement. "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."

That really is quite a dream team -- Baranski, Jumbo, and Leslie. They should open their own law firm and represent all of us.

"The Good Wife" spinoff, which will probably get another title at some point, will debut in February 2017 on CBS before moving exclusively to CBS's VOD and live streaming service, CBS All Access.

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