“Luck,” HBO’s new drama set in the world of horse racing, has just added an Oscar-winning actress to the cast, reports Deadline.com.
Mercedes Ruehl joins two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman and three-time nominee Nick Nolte in the cast. Ruehl will play Julietta Caligari, Renzo’s (Ritchie Coster) mother. She first appears in a guest role this season, but will be a regular in season two, which HBO has already ordered.
Ruehl won an Oscar for “The Fisher King” in 1992.
Hoffman, who has been nominated seven times for Oscars, won the award for “Kramer vs. Kramer” in 1980 and for “Rain Man” in 1989. He also owns an Emmy for “Death of a Salesman” (1985).
Nolte was previously nominated for “The Prince of Tides” (1991) and “Affliction” (1999), and is a current nominee for “Warrior.”