Sarah Steele, who recurred on six seasons of The Good Wife as Eli Gold’s (Alan Cumming) daughter Marissa, has signed on to reprise the role as a series regular in the upcoming ten episode spin-off series, which is set to air on streaming service CBS All Access in February 2017.
The Marissa Gold character was first introduced in season two and by the end of the series had formed a close working relationship with lead character Alicia Florrick, especially after Marissa served as Alicia’a personal aide during her ill-fated political run for election to office of State’s Attorney for Cook County in season six. TVLine first reported the casting news.
Sarah Steele is the third cast member from The Good Wife to sign on for this new and as-yet untitled spin-off; joining Christine Baranaki, who is reprising her role as respected attorney and “liberal lion” Diane Lockhart; and Cush Jumbo, who joined The Good Wife in its seventh and final season as Alicia’s new partner Lucca Quinn.
Thus far CBS has only confirmed that this new series will be set a year after the events of the main series, but Deadline is now reporting that the main thrust of the series will be a massive financial scandal that forces Diane and a yet-to-be-cast young attorney from the law firm of Lockhart & Lee; resulting in them joining Lucca Quinn’s firm in Chicago.
The Good Wife co-creators Robert and Michelle King created the spin-off and recently signed on to serve as showrunners, following their stint running the CBS summer series BrainDead. CBS Television Studios is producing in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. Robert King, Michelle King, Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer and Brooke Kennedy serve as executive producers.