Ed Sheeran Coming to the Simpsons

July 18, 2017 - 6:30am

Ed Sheeran will be making an appearance on The Simpsons. The announcement comes after Sheeran's much-anticipated, and slightly confusing, cameo as a singing soldier in the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere Sunday night, the British pop star will be Simpsonized. Sheeran is lending his multi-platinum pipes to the animated Fox comedy for a musical-themed episode, titled "Haw-Haw Land," in the upcoming 29th season. EW has learned that he'll be playing a musician named Brendan - and Lisa is instantly smitten with the slightly older fellow.

"He keeps alternating [between], 'You're not that great, but you could be fantastic,' and she keeps falling for him because of his talent," executive producer Al Jean tells EW. There's also a love triangle forming as well with Nelson, who tries to impress Lisa with his singing talent.

Longtime Simpsons producer Mike Scully heard that Sheeran - a Simpsons fan who rocks a tattoo of Blinky the three-eyed fish - was interested in appearing on the long-running comedy. "We had a perfect part for him," explains Jean. "So we said, 'Oh, great, we'll have him do this!' And we recorded him over the phone from England."

Two years ago, Sheeran played himself - and some music - on the NBC comedy Undateable, and he had a recurring role on FX drama The Bastard Executioner.

Sheeran, whose Simpsons episode is slated to air in late fall, is currently on tour in support of his latest album, (Divide), which was released in March.

Season 29 of The Simpsons - which kicks off October 1st - also features guest vocals from Norman Lear and Shaq.