“Empire” Season 2 is adding another Oscar winner to the cast. MarisaTomei has joined the popular FOX series in a recurring role.
Deadline reports Tomei will play Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved in Lyon family drama. Whiteman is described as “a Forbes list billionairess and a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women.”
Although not a complete stranger to TV, Tomei is most famous for her film roles. The actress won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1992 for her work in “My Cousin Vinny.” Since then she has appeared in many notable films including “The Wrestler” (2008), “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011) and “Parental Guidance” (2012). Tomei hasn’t had a role on a TV series since her four-episode stint on Denis Leary’s “Rescue Me” in 2006.
Tomei is just the latest high-profile star to be added to the hip hop musical series’ second season. Previous talent that has been announced includes Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Rock.
“Empire” Season 2 premieres Sept. 23, 2015 on FOX.