Taraji P. Henson To Appear In Hip-Hop Episode Of ‘The Simpsons’
Fans of The Simpsons rejoice! For the cartoon’s upcoming 28th season, the gang in Springfield will be doing something they’ve never done before- an hour-long episode. But even more exciting, the episode will be hip-hop inspired.
“The Great Phatsby,” airing in January, is also a play on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby. Throughout the episode, we’ll see the rise and fall of the friendship of Mr. Burns and a hip-hop mogul named Jay G (like Jay Gatsby).
“This was just going to be a regular episode, but the table read went so well, in a fit of passion and excitement and ambition and excess, we decided to supersize it,” the show’s executive producer Matt Selman says. “And we haven’t done a huge amount of stories in the world of hip-hop and rap culture, so we just went for it.”
You’re also bound to hear a few familiar voices in the episode. Taraji P. Henson will portray Praline, who teams up with Mr. Burns, Homer and Bart to get revenge on Jay G with the help of his former collaborator Jazzy James, who will be voiced by Keegan-Michael Key.
“She plays a Simpsons version of Cookie,” says Selman.
We can’t wait to watch this episode!
— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) August 8, 2016