Shrouded in mystery, actor, singer and comedian Jack Black will be taking the stage at this year’s Academy Awards. The show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the announcement earlier today, but stopped short of confirming what that performance will entail. The only notes given at the announcement was that Black will “make a special appearance at the 87th Oscars,” which will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Fans of Black will just have to wait until the event airs on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
“Jack Black is a complete original comic voice and we’re beyond thrilled that he has agreed to join the Oscars show in a very special sequence,” said Zadan and Meron during today’s announcement. Black has starred in such films as “High Fidelity,” “Shallow Hal,” “School of Rock,” “King Kong,” and “Tropic Thunder,” and is voicing the title character in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” his third turn in the animated feature series. He also is the lead singer and guitarist of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with Kyle Gass. Black has made three previous appearances on the Oscars, most recently as a presenter at the 81st Academy Awards. ABC confirmed earlier this week that Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong’o will be return to present at this year’s Oscars. More presenters will be announced shortly.
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. More performances and other popular acts that will be hitting the stage later this month will be confirmed over the next few weeks.