January 31, 2012 03:02:35 GMT
The WikiLeaks founder will play himself, who is sort of the new Flanders for Homer and Marge as they get evicted from Springfield.
"The Simpsons" are going to make a connection with Julian Assange. The founder of secret-spilling site WikiLeaks is set to lend his voice for the 500th episode of the FOX animated comedy series, in which he will play himself.
Entertainment Weekly, which broke the news, reported that the milestone episode will follow Homer and Marge as they discover "the residents of Springfield are holding a secret town meeting to kick them out of Springfield for all of their shenanigans over the years."
Thus, "the Simpsons go off the grid to this very rugged place where they meet [Assange], who's sort of their new Flanders," executive producer Al Jean shared. Assange's character lives next door to the Simpsons. "He invites them over for a home movie and it's an Afghan wedding being bombed," Jean further revealed.
The Australian internet activist, who is still under house arrest, has recorded his guest spot over the summer from a location unknown to "The Simpsons" producers, with Jean directing him remotely from Los Angeles.
The 500th episode will air Sunday, February 19. Jean teased that there will be more guests in the outing as saying, "There are a couple of other cameos that are more familiar to fans of the show. And much less controversial."
Beside the "Simpsons" gig, Assange is set to make his foray into television world by hosting a talk show which is set to air in March on RT, an English-language Russian TV network. On the new show, he will conduct interviews with "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world."
Photo from "The Simpsons" 500th episode: