By James Hibberd
February 03, 2012 at 10:30 PM EST

Meet Nucky’s latest challenge.

Bobby Cannavale has joined the cast of season 3 of of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

The veteran Emmy-winning TV actor (Cold Case, Nurse Jackie) will play Gyp Rosetti, a charming but ruthless gangster who challenges Nucky (Steve Buscemi) for control of the bootleg business.

Creator Terence Winter plans to have season 3 leap forward 16 months to 1923. “It was an exciting year,” he told “All the people who stockpiled liquor started to run out, so competition between bootleggers became really fierce.”

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