Julian Assange will play himself in the 500th episode of The Simpsons, according to Entertainment Weekly. The episode will air Feb. 19th, 2012. Assange is still under house arrest in England, and reportedly recorded his lines in an undisclosed location. But if the Simpsons team could get Thomas Pynchon on the show, nothing is beyond their superpowers.
In the milestone episode, Homer and Marge discover that the residents of Springfield are holding a secret town meeting to kick them out of Springfield for all of their shenanigans over the years. As a result, “the Simpsons go off the grid to this very rugged place where they meet [Assange], who’s sort of their new Flanders,” explains Jean. And how exactly is he like pious neighbor Ned? “Well, he lives next door,” quips Jean. “The similarities end there… He invites them over for a home movie and it’s an Afghan wedding being bombed.”
Assange is scheduled to appear before Britain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday to appeal extradition to Sweden over sexual-assault allegations.