In the episode, titled "Twenty-Five Acts," Chlumsky plays the author of a best-selling erotic novel — maybe a nod to 50 Shades of Grey? — who accuses a high-profile talk show host (Bart) of a brutal rape. However, the SVU squad gets suspicious when they discover her account of the rape mimics the chapters in her book. The squad, along with the DA's office (Esparza), also struggles to keep the case from turning into a media frenzy.
The episode is set to air sometime this fall. The trio join previously announce recurring guest star Adam Baldwin, who will play the new captain of the squad.
Bart is best known for his roles on Desperate Housewives and Revenge, and can currently be seen in USA's Political Animals. Chlumsky, who rose to fame in My Girl, currently stars on HBO's political comedy Veep. Esparza has guest-starred on both Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent and most recently starred in the Broadway production Leap of Faith, co-written by SVU showrunner Warren Leight.
The new season of Law & Order: SVU premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c.