July 31 (UPI) -- Boyz N the Hood and Keanu alum Nia Long has joined the cast of NCIS: Los Angeles as a series regular for Season 9, CBS announced Monday.
The show is set to return with fresh episodes Oct. 1.
Long will play the team's new executive assistant director, former Secret Service agent Shay Mosely, starting in the season premiere.
"The character was created specifically for Nia to capitalize on her strengths and personality, and we are excited about the new opportunities and dynamics she brings to the show," NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement. "We couldn't be happier to have her join our family."