‘Empire’ Casts Nia Long in Recurring Role

“Best Man Holiday” alum will play Las Vegas club queenpin in Fox’s hip-hop melodrama

Nia Long
attends the 2016 ABFF Awards: A Celebration Of Hollywood at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 21, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Fox’s “Empire” has cast Nia Long in a recurring role, TheWrap has learned.

Long will play Las Vegas club queenpin Giuliana, per Fox. Giuliana 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 and goes toe-to-toe with Cookie even as she reckons with her own mysterious past.

The “Best Man Holiday” star can next be seen in Lifetime’s remake of “Beaches,” as well as indie films “Roxanne, Roxanne” and “Lemon.”

Long is represented by CAA, Primary Wave, and Meyer & Downs, LLP.

“Empire” also recently added Rumer Willis in a recurring role. That guest star will play a brilliant but volatile singer-songwriter in Tory Ash.

The hip-hop soap opera airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c.