Carla Gugino has joined the Season 3 cast of Justified in a recurring role.

The Sucker Punch actress, who appeared with Justified star Timothy Olyphant in this year's comedy Elektra Luxx, will star as a love interest from Raylan Givens' past. The character is a Washington, D.C.-based assistant director of the U.S. Marshals service who, at one time, worked alongside Raylan before he was assigned out of Miami and brought to Harlan County.

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Carla Gugino herself has described this unnamed character as "tough, smart, and funny." She ends up in Kentucky to help protect a group of witnesses that've become vulnerable after the murder of a U.S. Marshal.

It isn't known how long Carla Gugino's stint in Harlan County will last. Other recent Season 3 cast additions include Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Mykelti Williamson, who have both signed on as foes for Raylan Givens.

The series is expected to return in either February or March of 2012.