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The Blacklist season 9 adds Law & Order actor in new role

The Blacklist has signed up a new cast member for its upcoming ninth season, with Diany Rodriguez joining the team in a recurring role.

Rodriguez, who appeared as ADA Maria Delgado in Law & Order spin-off Organized Crime, is set to play Weecha Xiu in new episodes, Deadline is reporting.

The character description is being kept suitably mysterious for the time being, with Weecha described as someone with a “tough physical presence and a hardened demeanour” who is “more than capable of defending herself”.

As well as a role in Organized Crime, Diany Rodriguez has also starred in The Purge TV series as Lisa Ortiz and as Gabriella Alvarez in New Amsterdam.

Ahead of its return to US screens later this week, The Blacklist has confirmed that its latest season will open with a significant time jump.

Following the previous instalment’s explosive finale, which saw Megan Boone’s profiler Elizabeth Keen suffer a fatal gunshot wound, the series will pick up two years later.

In the wake of Liz’s absence, the FBI task force has disbanded and the whereabouts of the show’s enigmatic Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington are unknown.

“Finding themselves each at a crossroads, a common purpose compels them to renew their original mission: to take down dangerous, vicious and eccentric Blacklisters,” the official synopsis reads.

“In the process, they begin to uncover lethal adversaries, unimaginable conspiracies and surprising betrayals that will threaten alliances and spur vengeance for the past, led by the most devious criminal of them all – Raymond Reddington.”

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