Just when you thought The Big Bang Theory on CBS couldn’t get any geekier … Doc Brown arrives for a special guest appearance.
Christopher Lloyd, famous with geeks for his many works over the years including the Back to the Future trilogy as well as his Klingon role in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, will pop into the popular sitcom Dec. 1.
Although the actor already has confirmed an appearance on the Syfy drama 12 Monkeys, his guest stint on Big Bang will actually mark the actor’s first scripted television role since he played Grandpa Bob in 2015’s Just in Time for Christmas. He’s also voiced a recurring role in the PBS animated series Cyberchase.
It’s not clear exactly who Lloyd will play in the episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It could be a cameo – something the show is known for doing. Or Lloyd could indeed be playing some aft-mentioned but never seen character.
The high-rated Big Bang Theory has attracted a number of popular guest appearances over the years. They’ve included physicist Stephen Hawking, Bob Newhart, LeVar Burton from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica, Judd Hirsch from Taxi, Summer Glau from Firefly fame, and even Apple engineer and co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Although he turned 78 last month, Lloyd has been busy. He’s currently filming the crime drama Making a Killing with Michael Jai White. And he’s already completed a few films: Lower Bay with Rose McGowan, Boundaries with Kristen Schaal and Zach Braff’s Going in Style, which is set for an April 7 release.
The casting news comes on the heels of CBS announcing it has a Sheldon-centered spin-off in the works that would include the current Sheldon’s Jim Parsons as an executive producer. That series, however, would cast a younger actor to take on the role that has earned Parsons four Emmys.
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays on CBS.
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