LL Cool J has been set to star in CBS' planned spinoff of NCIS. He'll play a tough but charming former Navy SEAL who works undercover for the NCIS unit in L.A. and is an expert on the Middle East.

The spinoff of CBS' durable drama will air as one half of a two-part episode of NCIS later this season. NCIS showrunner Shane Brennan created the untitled spinoff and exec produces for CBS Paramount Network TV.

LL Cool J has logged a host of film and TV roles in recent years, including recent guest spots on NBC's 30 Rock and Fox's House M.D..