All three actors will lend their voice in a January outing that also has Will Arnett, Leslie Mann and Seth Rogen as guest stars.
"The Simpsons" is having a star-studded episode coming in January 2014. The long-running animated series has tapped Channing Tatum, Judd Apatow, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Seth Rogen as well as Judas Priest's frontman Rob Halford to appear in the same episode. They all join Will Arnett who has been earlier announced to lend his voice for the said outing.
How these A-listers fit into the storylie has been revealed by executive producer Matt Selman. According to Entertainment Weekly, the story begins with Homer illegally downloading films and screening them in his backyard for folks in Springfield after he's fed up with movie theaters.
"Even though Homer is stealing, he's doing it for the community, he's doing it out of the goodness of his heart," Selman argues, but an overzealous FBI director in charge of anti-piracy (Arnett) doesn't see it that way and has his eyes on Homer.
One of the movies that Homer screens is a "This is 40"-esque dramedy titled "Life is Funny" that stars Mann and Rudd. Halford sings a parody of the Judas Priest classic "Breaking the Law" and Apatow testifies against Homer "with a hilarious, self-important speech about Hollywood people," Selman reveals.
Rogen and Tatum, meanwhile, will make cameo appearances as themselves. Selman teases, "Channing Tatum loves to do surprise twists in movies, a la 'This is the End' and he has a surprise twist in this one too." Selman adds that at the end of the episode titled "Steal This Episode", "there is a crazy twist where Rudd returns in a super meta thing that people may or may not understand."
Rudd and Rogen have previously guested on the FOX animated series. The former was featured in an episode of season 22 while the latter lent his voice for and co-wrote the premiere episode of season 21.