3:30pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'The Good Wife' Spinoff Adds Delroy Lindo as Series Regular
The cast of CBS All Access' forthcoming Good Wife spinoff continues to expand.
Delroy Lindo has signed on as a series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Lindo will play Robert Boseman, an attorney who starts poaching Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) associates and clients when she gets into financial trouble and threatens her ability to stay in business.
"Boseman is a character who dominates every scene, intimidates every lawyer, and is beloved by every client. He needs to look like a Chicago lawyer, but have a Shakespearean facility with language, and Delroy Lindo was really the only actor who came to mind,” showrunners Robert and Michelle King said Thursday in a statement. “Obviously, we always loved his work in Get Shorty and Clockers, but it really was his work in Heist that jumps off the screen. It's an incredible character he created and we are thrilled that Delroy agreed to come on board. Just thinking of his scenes with Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo makes us smile."
As previously revealed, the as-yet-untitled spinoff will pick up a year after the events of the finale of The Good Wife. The series centers on an enormous financial scam that has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Diane's goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie), while simultaneously wiping out Diane's savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn (Jumbo) at one of Chicago's pre-eminent law firms.
The cast also includes Sarah Steele, who will reprise her role as Marissa Gold, Eli's (Alan Cumming) daughter who becomes an investigator for Diane.
Originally set to launch sometime next spring, the 10-episode first season will now kick off in February as CBS All Access' first original scripted series. The first episode of the spinoff will premiere first on CBS.
Last month, original series creators The Kings came onboard as showrunners. They will executive produce with Phil Alden Robinson, with whom they co-wrote the premiere, as well as Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer, Brooke Kennedy and Alison Cross. Like the original series, CBS Television Studios will produce in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions.
Lindo's small-screen credits include Blood & Oil, The Chicago Code and Kidnapped. The APA-repped actor's many films roles include Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Cider House Rules, Ransom and Broken Arrow.