As Exclaim points out, Sunday’s episode “Panic on the Streets of Springfield” sees Lisa become obsessed with a certain “depressed British singer from the 1980s”. While the episode’s synopsis does not cite Morrissey by name, a teaser image shared by writer Tim Long confirms the obvious: the character is indeed inspired by The Smiths’ former singer.
Sadly, Big Mouth himself was apparently unavailable or unwilling to voice the character, so The Simpsons recruited another notable Brit in his place: actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
The episode, which comes part of The Simpsons’ record-setting 32nd season, airs Sunday, April 18th.
Update: Variety has more details on the episode. The character, named “Quilloughby”, is the singer of a band named The Snuffs who is actually a figment of Lisa’s imagination
According to Long, the character “is definitely Morrissey-esque, with maybe a small dash of Robert Smith from the Cure, Ian Curtis from Joy Division, and a bunch of other people.” Long also revealed that The Flight of the Conchords’ Bret Mckenzie helped write the music used in the episode.”
Watch a teaser video below.
— Tim Long (@mrtimlong) April 15, 2021