Broadway favorite and current West End star Audra McDonald has joined the cast of The Good Fight as a series regular. The six-time Tony Award winner will reprise her performance as Unites States Attorney Liz Lawrence (Alicia Florrick's law school "nemesis")—a role she first played on season four of CBS’ The Good Wife.
In the upcoming second season of the CBS All Access spin-off, however, it is revealed that Liz is also the ex-wife of attorney Adrian Boseman.
“We're thrilled that Audra McDonald will return to the fictional Chicago of The Good Fight,” said Executive Producers Robert and Michelle King in a statement. “After seeing her facility with both comedy and drama, we were dying for the chance to work with her again. Audra brings intelligence, strength, and wit to Liz Lawrence.”
McDonald can currently be seen on the London stage in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, in which she reprises her performance as jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday. The play with music earned McDonald her record-breaking sixth Tony Award in 2014. She last starred on Broadway in 2016's Shuffle Along.
Her previous screen credits include an Emmy-nominated performance in the HBO adaptation of Lady Day, Ricki and the Flash, and Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast. She also stars in the upcoming film of the Off-Broadway musical Hello Again.
The Good Fight showcases the talents of a number of stage favorites, including Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, and Sarah Steele—each reprising their performances from The Good Wife—and Bernadette Peters. Guest stars from the first season include Tony winners Kelli O'Hara and Andrea Martin.
Season two of The Good Fight will premiere in early 2018. The entire first season is available to stream on CBS All Access.