Only weeks removed from the series finale of FOX's sci-fi cult classic Fringe, John Noble has landed a guest-starring role on CBS legal drama The Good Wife.
While speaking to reporters during an international conference call, series star Julianna Margulies confirmed that the 64-year-old thespian will appear as someone from her character's past in the 18th episode of the season, slated to air in March.
"He comes on as a man that I have flashbacks [about], because he's a client that I used to take care of all the time," she said. "He's a very interesting character who is sort of a brilliant techie guy that constantly sues people. He just elevated the part to such a different level, it was remarkable to work with him and just a pleasure to have on set."
During his five-year run as mad scientist Walter Bishop on Fringe, Noble was denied so much as an Emmy nomination despite his emotional and wide-ranging performance. He took a character that could have been played completely over-the-top and made him a real, complex human being.
According to Margulies, Noble did the same in his Good Wife guest role.
"On the page, I thought, 'Is this going to make sense?' and he filled it with such incredible talent," noted the former ER star. "I can't even tell you. I looked at him and I went, 'I didn't even know that was the character. I'm so blown away.'"
In addition to Noble, The Good Wife has assembled an imposing lineup of guest stars this season including Michael J. Fox, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Nathan Lane, Kristin Chenoweth, Stockard Channing, Jessalyn Gilsig, and Audra McDonald.
John Noble makes any TV show or film he is in a must-watch. The current rumor is that he will assume the role of the major villain in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by Fringe creator JJ Abrams. That's the first bit of news that has sparked any interest in a new Star Wars movie for me, and I'll probably watch The Good Wife to see him too.