Rapper-actor Ludacris, real name Chris Bridges, who generated strong buzz for his performances in the Oscar-winning "Crash" and "Hustle and Flow," is turning to TV for his next dramatic role.

He'll play rapper-actor Ice T's nephew in a guest spot on NBC crime drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST.

"When I was approached to work on SVU and read the script, there was no way that I could turn down this amazing opportunity," Ludacris said in a statement Thursday. "The character was so rich and the storyline so complex, that I knew it was something I had to do."

In the episode, Ice T's character, squad detective Fin, is put in a bind when his son becomes a suspect in a double homicide. The case opens a family secret involving Ludacris' character.