Blue Velvet star Isabella Rossellini is to appear on US TV network NBC's new drama The Blacklist.

James Spader stars in the show as Raymond "Red" Reddington, a notorious criminal who teams up with a rookie FBI agent (played by Megan Boone) to hunt down baddies on his "Blacklist".

According to The Wrap, 61-year-old Rossellini will play human rights campaigner Floriana Campo, who becomes the target of an assassin. Jane Alexander (Kramer vs Kramer) will appear as a judge in the same episode.

Rossellini is best known for her film work, including appearances in David Lynch's 1986 film Blue Velvet and 1992's Death Becomes Her. TV credits include 30 Rock, Alias and a cameo as herself on Friends.

The Blacklist begins on NBC in September and will follow on UK satellite channel Sky Living.

Here's the official trailer for The Blacklist: