Anika Noni Rose Guest Stars on ‘Law & Order:SVU’

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Anika Noni Rose (“Princess and the Frog,” “Dream Girls”) will guest star on the upcoming season premiere episode of  Law & Order: SVU this week.  Rose verified  the news on her twitter account today.

Directed by Breaking Bad’s Mike Slovis, the episode will revolve around a hotel maid being assaulted by a high powered European. Sounds familiar? According to Shadow and Act via All Things Law & Order, the show is titled “Scorched Earth” and it’s synopsis reads:

The detectives of the Special Victims Unit are called to the scene when a hotel maid (Rose) reports being assaulted by Italian diplomat Robert Distasio (Nero). Bureau Chief Mike Cutter (Linus Roache) and ADA Alex Cabot (Stephanie March) prosecute the high-profile case, which quickly grows more complicated as the maid’s credibility is publicly questioned. Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) joins the Manhattan SVU from Atlanta, while Benson (Hargitay) struggles to cope with the fall-out from the shooting in the precinct.

Rose was nominated for a NAACP Image award this year for playing a similar role in Tyler Perry‘s 2010 drama ‘For Colored Girls,’ a film adaptation of Ntozake Shange‘s 1975 stage play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

The new season of Law & Order: SVU will air Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 pm. et/9c on NBC.