'Glee': Jeff Goldblum, Brian Stokes Mitchell to Play Rachel's Gay Dads

Jeff Goldblum Brian Stokes Mitchell Split - H 2012
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Jeff Goldblum Brian Stokes Mitchell Split - H 2012

It may have taken nearly three seasons, but Rachel's (Lea Michele) gay dads finally will make an appearance on Fox's Glee.

Musically inclined actors Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell, a Broadway veteran, have booked the plum roles, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The actors will make their debut in the Feb. 14 Valentine's Day episode, titled "Heart," as first reported by TV Line.

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Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy told THR in June that he was "really interested" in seeing the two characters, who have been referenced countless times but never seen onscreen.

"I’m really interested in seeing Rachel's gay dads who we’ve never met," he said at the time. "I’ve said that I don’t want to do that. But maybe now is the time to do it."

THR polled the cast in February, with the top candidates including Taye Diggs, Nathan Lane and Hugh Jackman. Casting for the roles began in December.

Goldblum, whose credits include The Fly, Jurassic Park and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, has a roster of Broadway credits including The Pillowman, Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Exonerated and is an accomplished jazz pianist.

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Stokes Mitchell, meanwhile, is a Tony winner for his performance on Broadway's Kiss Me, Kate and has been nominated for three other Tonys for his performances in Man of La Mancha, King Hedley II and Ragtime. His small-screen work includes The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Frasier and Ugly Betty.

Both actors are slated to sing in the episode. They join a season that so far has featured a slew of guest stars in parental roles, as McKinley's seniors — including Rachel, Finn (Cory Monteith), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) — head toward graduation.

What do you think of the castings? Glee returns with its Michael Jackson tribute episode Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.

Email: Lesley.Goldberg@thr.com; Twitter: @Snoodit