The actor famous for (The Ghostbusters and Little Shop of Horrors) will be seen in a rare voice-only guest appearance in an episode that pays tribute to the Mel Brooks’ hilarious 1987 spoof of Star Wars. This special episode will be aired by ABC on Wednesday, May 9.
The Golbergs focuses around a young moviemaker Adam Goldberg (Sean Giambrone) and his crazy, loving family. The episode will see the wannabe director battle the villain and his out-sized helmet in a dream sequence when he breaks into Adam’s bedroom to “battle with the Schwartz,” the official synopsis of the episode read.
Adam “promises to get a sequel to Spaceballs produced before waking up,” and that also happens to be a goal of the actual Adam F. Goldberg.
“I truly think Rick Moranis gave the most underrated and brilliant comedic performance in any ‘80s movie as Dark Helmet,” the maker and executive producer of The Goldbergs said via a statement.
“I’ve been a lifelong fan of his work and became obsessed with having him reprise the role on my show. As an added bonus, maybe this even gets Spaceballs back in the conversation, and I can get my dream of helping make a sequel!”
Goldberg spent “several weeks” trying to convince Moranis to lend his voice to Goldbergs after the highly loved actor retired from acting in 1997 to devote his time to his family after his wife Ann Belsky died.
Moranis was last seen on-screen as Wayne Szalinski in the third installment of the direct-to-video movie Honey; We Shrunk Ourselves, the sequel to Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Honey, I Blew Up The Kid.
After that, he lent his voice to a direct-to-DVD CG-animated sequel of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and also to Disney’s cinematic animation Brother Bear and its direct-to-DVD sequel Brother Bear 2.
Back in 2015, Moranis was again in the news when reports came out of his refusing to play a cameo in Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot that released in summer 2016.
Considering a comeback to acting since his children are now grown-up, Moranis said he “took a break, which turned into a longer break.”
“But I’m interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role, and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I’ll probably do it,”Moranis said. “[But Ghostbusters] didn’t appeal to me.”
The special episode of The Goldbergs will air on Wednesday, May 9 on ABC.