May the Force bazinga with you! 'Big Bang' to mark May 4

The geeks of "The Big Bang Theory" will honor annual Star Wars Day with a special featuring Bob Newhart showing off his Jedi side.

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Bob Newhart will appear on "The Big Bang Theory" again, this time for May the 4th. CBS

Geektastic sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" has proudly displayed its love for "Star Wars" on a number of occasions, including an open letter to George Lucas from the writers' room.

"The Big Bang Theory" plans to express its "Star Wars" love again with the upcoming episode "The Proton Transmogrification" due to air on May 1 right before the annual Star Wars Day on May the 4th (be with you).

"The gang gets together to celebrate the annual geek holiday, while Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is guided by visions of his childhood idol and mentor, Professor Proton (Emmy winner Bob Newhart), who appears to the socially challenged genius as his own Jedi master," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

For this episode, Lucasfilm's own SFX company Industrial Light & Magic will be re-creating the "Star Wars" swamp planet of Dagobah where Yoda hid from the clutches of Darth Vader and the evil Empire.

"We knew that Bob (Newhart) was coming back and Lucasfilm called us, and we realized that that this might be an opportunity to mix both stories and come up with something special," "The Big Bang Theory" showrunner Steve Molaro told THR. "Bob is going to be swinging a lightsaber around and they sent us a real one to use. They're going to help make it look and sound right. It's an amazing crossover for us."

While Newhart will appear as a well-known "Star Wars" character, the show is keeping it a secret as to which character it will be. Though if it's on Dagobah, Newhart will either be Yoda, Luke Skywalker or R2-D2. Here's hoping fans see Newhart in a flattering shade of green.

 

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