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Oscar winner Marisa Tomei is the latest star to join the hit Fox drama, which became a cultural sensation in its first season. Empire‘s writers acknowledged her arrival Thursday with a friendly tweet: “Welcome to #Empire, @marisatomei!” The network confirmed the casting.

Alicia Keys, Chris Rock and Lenny Kravitz also have signed on to appear in Season 2 of Empire, which follows Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), his ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), and their family music business. The second season starts Sept. 23.

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E! News has confirmed that Tomei has landed the recurring role of Mimi Whiteman on the hip hop music business drama. Mimi is a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved in Lyon family drama…meaning Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) better watch her back! A Forbes list billionairess, Mimi is a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion…and beautiful women.

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