Golden Globe winning actress Taraji P. Henson will lend her voice to a special hour long installment of The Simpson’s.
The one hour episode titled “The Great Phatsby,” will revolve around Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer) as he tries to relive his glory days, and crosses paths with a mysterious music mogul. After being conned by him and reduced to bankruptcy, Mr. Burns seeks revenge on the music producer with the help of Homer, Bart, rapper Jazzy James (Keegan-Michael Key) and the mogul’s ex-wife, Praline, voiced by Henson.
The hour-long episode will be the first episode over 30 minutes in the history of the iconic series. The closest that the series has come to an hour long episode was in the 1995 “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” episode with the first part airing as the season 6 finale that May, and resolution arriving several months later with the season 7 premiere.
The upcoming 28th season kicks off Sunday, Sept. 25th at 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT, and the special hour-long installment will air in January 2017. The series’ record-setting 600th episode will air Sunday, Oct. 16th at 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT.
Henson recently wrapped production for the film adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race where she will portray mathematics genius Katherine Johnson alongside Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.