Nicholas Lyndhurst has joined the cast of the Frasier sequel series — and British people are very surprised.
Lyndhurst and Grammer previously worked together in the West End cast of Don Quixote musical Man of La Mancha in 2019, but Frasier marks the Brit's first major role in an American sitcom.
In the new iteration of Frasier, Lyndhurst will play university professor Alan Cornwall — described in the official synopsis as "British, boozy and larger than life".
The synopsis, reported via Variety, continues: "Alan has an intellect on par with Frasier’s — if only he ever felt like using it.
"Alan’s mischievous streak might be just what Frasier could use to shake up his routine, while Frasier’s thoughtful guidance might help Alan find some of the direction he’s been missing in his own life."
Lyndhurst, who denied retiring from acting last year, is a veteran of numerous sitcoms on British TV, including Goodnight Sweetheart and After You've Gone, as well as his most famous role opposite David Jason's Del Boy.
But his move to American screens alongside Grammer surprised and confused many who reacted to the news on Twitter.
Just fell asleep at my computer and dreamt Nicholas Lyndhurst was cast in Frasier.
— Mrs Steve O'Brien (@MrsSteveMOBrien) January 13, 2023
Who had Nicholas Lyndhurst becoming a US star on their 2023 TV bingo card? https://t.co/TEXgzdhq1h
— Tom Worsley (@tew1984) January 13, 2023
Nicholas Lyndhurst has been cast in the Frasier sequel. Not a sentence I thought i’d ever be reading or typing, but I am absolutely delighted for both him AND us! pic.twitter.com/SOxnnAYH2K
— Tom Selway (@tomselsocial) January 13, 2023
I’m a lifelong Frasier fan/nerd/tragic and erm, this I did not see coming https://t.co/flNzNxEoCQ
— Elizabeth Aubrey (@aubrey_writes) January 13, 2023
The Frasier sequel was announced by Paramount in February 2021, with Grammer immediately confirmed to return in the title role as psychiatrist Frasier Crane.
Having also played the character in the shows Cheers and Wings, it's a role Grammer has been associated with since 1983.
The star has been keen on a revival for years, with Paramount+ finally giving the project the green light via writers Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Joe Cristalli (Life In Pieces).
Its previous incarnation still stands as one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, earning critical acclaim and winning 37 Emmy Awards.
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