Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is joining ABC's hit series "Revenge."

Leigh, 50, will play the mother of the show's lead character Emily, for the show's second season.

The mystery of Emily's missing mother has been a major plot since the series began. She was believed to be dead for many years but it was revealed she was alive in a video tape uncovered by Emily (played by Emily VanCamp) in the season finale.

"What you're going to discover about the woman who was Emily's mother is the circumstances under which they were separated, and you're going to find that there's some deep psychological issues with her, which I think is going to be fun for us to explore," series creator and executive producer Mike Kelley told Entertainment Weekly in May.

"[Emily]'s going to start seeing some of the psychological damage that her mother has in herself," he added.

Leigh is widely known for her role as stalker roommate who terrorizes Bridget Fonda in "Single White Female" (1992). She also appeared in the 1982 comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," and as Tom Hanks' wife in 2002's "Road to Perdition." Leigh had a recurring role on the Showtime's hit show "Weeds."

"Revenge" moves to Sundays at 9/8c when it returns for its second season on September 21 on ABC.