Sarandon in Need of 'Rescue'

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon is preparing to set off a few sparks with the guys from "Rescue Me" later this year.

Sarandon will guest-star in three episodes of the Emmy-nominated show's third season, FX says. She'll play a character named Alicia, a rich woman who becomes a love interest for ladies' man Franco (Daniel Sunjata), who at the end of last season split with Laura (Diane Farr).

She manages to convince Franco that in the wake of that relationship, an older woman might be just what she needs. Sarandon's first appearance will come in episode two of the new season, which will premiere in the summer.

Sarandon won an Oscar in 1996 for "Dead Man Walking" and has been nominated four other times. She's also a two-time Emmy nominee for guest appearances on "Friends" and "Malcolm in the Middle."

Her recent credits include "Elizabethtown," "Romance & Cigarettes" and the Court TV movie "The Exonerated." She'll star in the comedy "Mr. Woodcock" with Billy Bob Thornton and Seann William Scott later this year.