May the Schwartz be with you, always…
He hasn’t acted since appearing in the 1997 sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; he’s retreated from the limelight to focus on his family; he famously turned down repeated requests to reprise the characters Louis Lully in 2016’s Ghostbusters reboot—but Rick Moranis is coming out of retirement for the first time in decades!
Though he won’t be playing Tully, Moranis is reprising one of his most iconic turns. Donning the oversized dome, the actor (or at least his voice) will return as Dark Helmet in an upcoming episode of The Goldbergs titled Spaceballs.
Per Screen Crush:
ABC confirmed that the May 9 episode – aptly titled “Spaceballs” – will see Moranis returning to his 1987 role as the Mel Brooks film’s Darth Vader parody, Dark Helmet. The scene in question will feature Moranis’ voice in a dream sequence when Adam Goldberg (Sean Giambrone) imagines Dark Helmet storming his bedroom to battle with the Schwartz. The sequence also sees Goldberg promising to get a sequel to Spaceballs made, which itself is a real-life goal of show creator Adam F. Goldberg:
“I truly think Rick Moranis gave the most underrated and brilliant comedic performance in any 80s movie as Dark Helmet. 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!”
Now if only we can get Moranis to show up in the Little Shop of Horrors reboot brewing at Warner Bros!
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