Nia Long has officially joined the cast of the Fox hit series Empire in a recurring role.

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.

She joins other notable guest stars/recurring players on the current Season 3 of Empire including recently announced Rumer Willis, Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, Birdman and French Montana.

Long is a staple actress in the black television and film community.  Most of us grew up watching her perform in classic roles such as John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma’s House, Soul Food, and Boiler Room to name a few.  In addition to her numerous roles in television and film, Long appeared in the video for Kanye West’s Touch the Sky, and directed Yolanda Adams’s music video for This Too Shall Pass.  Most recently, she appeared in the Best Man Holiday, Keanu opposite Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and was recently in the short lived ABC television series Uncle Buck.  Long has also joined the cast of Amazon’s Hand of God which is currently scheduled to return with it’s second season later this year, and just wrapped shooting on indie feature film Roxanne Roxanne produced by Forest Whitaker.  She is also scheduled to star in the upcoming Netflix series Dear White People, and in the Lifetime remake of the 1988 film Beaches opposite Idinia Menzel.