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Though Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique won the most praise from Lee Daniels’ Academy Award-nominated drama ‘Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire’ earlier this year, Paula Patton stood out as the film’s shining light.

Now comes news that the beautiful actress will join the cast of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ in the fall.

NBC has confirmed that Patton will play assistant district attorney Mikka Von in multiple episodes of the hit show, beginning with Episode 5. She fills the ADA slot left vacant by Stephanie March, who won’t return to ‘SVU’ this fall.

“When I saw Paula Patton give that terrific performance in the multi-Oscar-nominated ‘Precious,’ I knew she’d be perfect for SVU’s new assistant district attorney — she’s funny, warm and witty with a penchant for justice,” executive producer Neal Baer said in a statement.

In ‘Precious,’ Patton played Ms. Rain, a high school teacher who inspired her troubled students.

The Los Angeles native, who is married to Grammy-winning R&B singer Robin Thicke, was most recently seen in the romantic comedy ‘Just Wright,‘ and also appeared in ‘Idlewild,’ ‘Déjà Vu’ and ‘Mirrors.’

Last month, Wilson Morales reported that Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett will join Patton in the Salim Akil-helmed comedy ‘Jumping the Broom.’

‘Law & Order: SVU’ returns for its 12th season on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

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