I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee this fall.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 11, 2013
No further details on Lambert's role -- like whether he'll appear in the New York or Lima portion of the series -- are available at this time.
The musician has been angling for a guest role for some time -- in a 2012 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lambert expressed his desire to visit "Glee" -- and play himself.
“I think there were murmurs about it. Hopefully, maybe now that I have some new music, I could go on there,” he said. "I want to just be me. Why do I have to be a fictional character?”
Lambert was rumored to have landed a "Glee" guest spot all the way back in 2009, but the deal never materialized. Star Lea Michele seemed to be on board, though, telling MTV, "I love Adam Lambert! I want to sing with him so badly. If they don't let me [sing with him] on the show, I would just in life. I just want to sing with him so badly. He's just such an incredible vocal performer, and I'm such a huge fan." Sounds like she might get her wish after all.
Fellow "American Idol" contestant (and 2011 runner-up) Jessica Sanchez guest starred as Frida Romero, a member of a rival glee club, in Season 4 of "Glee." In addition to theatrical roles including "Wicked" and "The Ten Commandments: The Musical," Lambert previously made a scripted series appearance as himself in "Pretty Little Liars" Season 3.
"Glee" Season 5 premieres Thursday, September 19 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. Check out more Fox premiere dates here.
Are you excited for Adam Lambert on "Glee," or should the show cool it with the stunt casting?
CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect that Jessica Sanchez was a runner-up on "American Idol" in 2011.