The "schwartz" is strong with the '80s. Rick Moranis has been coaxed out of semi-retirement – he's been there since 1997 – to voice Dark Helmet on this week's episode of TV's The Goldbergs, ABC announced..
The role is a spoof of Star Wars' Darth Vader from Mel Brooks' classic 1987 flick Spaceballs.
"I truly think Rick Moranis gave the most underrated and brilliant comedic performance in any '80s movie as Dark Helmet," show creator Adam F. Goldberg said in 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!"
Moranis took an extended break from acting in 1997 to help raise his family. He does show up from time to time in very select projects. Moranis has so far not been interested in playing Dark Helmet in Brooks' planned Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.
The Spaceballs tribute episode of The Goldbergs will air Wednesday, May 9, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, according to SyFy.com.