As has become the norm for the long-running animated series, The Simpsons has already lined up a slew of celebrity guest stars as it embarks on its 24th season on FOX, and the latest name added to the list is Edward Norton. In an episode entitled "Pulpit Fiction" scheduled to air next spring, the serious actor will voice a beloved minister whose popularity threatens Reverend Lovejoy and leads to a showdown between the two men of God.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean also revealed that there will be a surprise at the end, and that before their final battle, a despondent Lovejoy gives up his church pursuits to become a hot tub salesman. This will be Norton's second appearance on the show, as he portrayed a con artist in an episode called "The Great Money Caper" in Season 12. Other notable names set to lend their voicepipes to the new season of The Simpsons—premiering September 30 on FOX— include Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, and Patton Oswalt.
Although I don't really watch The Simpsons anymore, it's good to hear they're going back to the idea of having the guest stars play characters, rather than cartoon versions of themselves. How many times can this family run into a famous actor, musician, athlete, or politician?