“The Simpsons” Taps Cate Blanchett, David Harbour

Cate Blanchett at the "Girls of the Sun" premiere in 2018. Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (9669063el)

The two-time Oscar winner and Stranger Things have been tapped for guest roles on Fox’s acclaimed animated comedy. 

Entertainment Weekly reports that Cate Blanchett and David Harbour will lend their voices to future episodes of The Simpsons. 

Harbour is set to make an appearance in a Season 32 episode as an alternate version of Mr. Burns. 

“Like Mission: Impossible, they give him a whole new body and face and voice so that this people in the plant won’t possibly recognize him,” said Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. “He’s supposed to be a blue-collar guy from another part of the plant, but everything he says is like Mr. Burns. He wants to go to karaoke and sing songs from the 1890s, but the guys don’t see through it.”

Blanchett will pop up in Springfield sooner appearing in the Season 31 finale and voicing a canine psychologist who agrees to help a depressed Santa’s Little Helper. 

“She determines if there’s a trauma in his past that they have to go solve, which actually goes back to the first episode of the series,” said Jean and adding, “She sleeps in the same room with him when she brings him in for treatment. She’s very loving. But with people she’s a lot more brusque.”

Of Blanchett, he said: “As expected, she was fantastic. We’re proud to say that we got a two-time Oscar winner to talk in dog gibberish, but it really sounded like Elvish to me.”