1:45pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'The Good Fight': Justin Bartha Joins 'Good Wife' Spinoff
The Good Fight is adding to its core cast.
Justin Bartha has joined the forthcoming Good Wife spinoff as a series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Bartha will play Colin, a rising star in the State's Attorney's office and Chicago's most eligible bachelor. Romantic sparks begin to fly when he finds himself going up against Lucca (Cush Jumbo) in the courtroom.
Picking up one year after the events of the Good Wife series finale, Good Fight centers on an enormous financial scam that has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Diane's (Christine Baranski) goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie), while simultaneously wiping out her mentor’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, Diane and Maia join Lucca at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.
Bartha joins a cast that also includes Delroy Lindo, Erica Tazel, Paul Guilfoyle, Bernadette Peters and Sarah Steele, who will reprise her role from the original series.
Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King serve as showrunners on Good Fight, and co-wrote the premiere with Phil Alden Robinson. The Kings will executive produce the series with Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer, Alison Cross and Brooke Kennedy.
"Whenever you're looking for a romantic lead, you look for someone who can play the comedy and the sexuality, but even more importantly is the intelligence. And that's what we love about Justin: He can play all three — the comedy and the sexuality, but he's also convincing as a tough intellectual foe to Cush Jumbo in court," the Kings said Friday in a statement. "We couldn't be happier.”
Bartha's character will bring the Good Wife universe back to the State's Attorney's office — the very office Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) husband Peter (Chris Noth) stepped down from in the pilot episode of the original series when he was caught having an affair. In later seasons of the show, Matt Czuchry's Cary Agos and Matthew Goode's Finn Polmar also worked for the State's Attorney.
The role marks a more dramatic turn for Bartha, best known for the Hangover films. His TV credits include The New Normal and last season's Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life. The actor is repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.
The first episode of The Good Fight will debut in February on CBS before moving to CBS All Access. The streamer's first original scripted series began production last month in New York for a 10-episode first season.