It's not strictly movie news, but there can be no greater indicator of the phenomenal success of high-school musical Glee than the fact that serious movie star Javier Bardem is to play a guest role in the show. Bardem worked with the show's co-creator, Ryan Murphy, on the upcoming Julia Roberts-starrer Eat Pray Love, which Murphy wrote and directed. According to Entertainment Weekly, Bardem pitched the idea of guest starring after watching the entire first season in a week.
He will appear in season two as a rock star who befriends Kevin McHale's character, Artie. "We're going to rock the house," he tells EW. "We're going to do some heavy metal - Spanish heavy metal, which is the worst."
The relevance of the story lies in what it suggests about Glee's future, though. While most of Glee's high-profile guest stars have been musicians – think Eve, Olivia Newton-John, Josh Groban – this is the first time a major cinema actor has appeared in the show. A move to the big screen might not be far off.
If Bardem is game, it'd be unsurprising to find that other bankable stars might be too, and casting big names in a movie version of Glee would help sell it to an audience unfamiliar with the show. Creators Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan first conceived Glee as a movie, so the move to cinemas wouldn't be entirely unprecedented.
Indeed, with Glee continuing to attract such attention from audiences, critics and celebrities, it seems like a bit of a no-brainer. Not to mention the fact that the clock is ticking on its principal cast - they can't be in high school forever, as the cast of another High School Musical recently learnt.
Bardem brings movie star gravitas to the halls of McKinley High, but if you were casting from the big screen who would you like to see in the show? More to the point, does Bardem have the pipes to pull off the songs?