Idris Elba to guest star on 'The Big C'

'Wire' vet will appear in four episodes of Showtime series

"The Wire" veteran Idris Elba has signed on as a guest star in the upcoming Showtime series "The Big C."

Elba, who was recently seen last season on NBC's "The Office," will play a painter who forms a relationship with series star Laura Linney. He'll appear in four episodes.

"The Big C" follows a suburban teacher who's diagnosed with cancer and debuts Aug. 16.
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