'House' readies for a showdown with Jeffrey Wright

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jeffrey-wright-getty.jpg Jeffrey Wright will guest-star on "House" later this season, and while we don't know a whole lot about what brings him to Princeton Plainsboro, we're going to go ahead and say the acting in his episode will be top-notch.

Wright, an Emmy winner in 2004 for HBO's "Angels in America," will appear in an episode called "Nobody's Fault" that's scheduled to air in early 2012, FOX confirms to Zap2it. He'll play a neurosurgeon who has been Foreman's ( Omar Epps) mentor and who will have a confrontation with House ( Hugh Laurie).

Just what that confrontation is remains to be seen, but it must be a pretty big deal: The episode will be Wright's first role on a broadcast TV series since he did an arc on "Homicide" back in 1997.

"This is an example of great writing attracting great talent," executive producer and episode director Greg Yaitanes tells TVLine, which first reported Wright's casting. "We are thrilled to have Jeffrey join us. He brings the heft and magnitude you dream of when pitting a character like this against House."

Wright currently co-stars in "The Ides of March" and has played CIA operative Felix Leiter in the last two James Bond movies. His next film is "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," which hits theaters in December.

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