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In true Empire fashion, the musical drama television series is adding another familiar face to the small screen. After premiering on FOX for 3 seasons, Lee Daniels taps actress Nia Long for a recurring role.

According to Deadline, Long will be joining the cast with the likes of Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, Birdman and French Montana, but with a more antagonistic role:

READ: Expect To See Plenty Of Nia Long On Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Series

Long will play Giuliana (Giusi), a queenpin who runs a club in Las Vegas and makes brash moves in the gangster underworld of New York to secure a deal with Empire. Sleek, sexy, and cold-blooded, she rubs elbows with Lucious (Terrence Howard) and goes toe-to-toe with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) even as she reckons with her own mysterious past.

This will make Ms. Long’s second acting gig, after playing Alexis on ABC’s recently defunct television series, Uncle Buck and snagging another recurring role on the Netflix series, based on the Sundance-acclaimed film, Dear White People.


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