Seth McFarlane's animated comedy Family Guy is heading in to its eleventh (!) season this fall, but that doesn't mean the show is about to start resting on its laurels. In fact, FOX has already lined up two big name guest stars for the first year of FG's second decade.
The first booking is only for a short cameo role, but man is it a fun one. Johnny Depp, who is of course one of the biggest film stars in the world, will appear in one of the show's patented cutaway gags. This wouldn't be that odd by itself, but Depp won't be playing himself, he'll instead be performing a short reprise of his classic Edward Scissorhands character. The much loved Edward first stole the hearts of audiences in the terrific 1990 Tim Burton film that bears his name.
Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann had the following to say about Depp's recording session - "When he was in the booth, he said that he felt like he hadn’t done that voice since he did it in front of the camera. He was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie. He was amazing - and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him."
The second star confirmed to appear is the red hot Elizabeth Banks, currently riding the wave of her Hunger Games success. Banks will voice the stuck-up wife of Lois' ex-boyfriend Ross Fishman, who attempts to climb Mount Everest, along with her "perfect" family in tow.
Mark Hentemann also offered thoughts on Banks' role - "The Fishmans look down their noses at the Griffins as these slobs. They’re super successful and they go on the most exotic vacations and they take on the greatest challenges… Peter picks up on his jealousy that he had in season 3 and says, ‘Well, if they’re going to do it, we’re gonna do it — and beat them." Considering what show this is, I can't see this contest ending well for either family.
Which guest appearance are you more excited for? Depp's cameo as Edward Scissorhands, or Banks' juicier supporting part?
Sources: EW.com, and EW.com