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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Anne Hathaway reportedly will play Kurt's lesbian aunt on 'Glee'

By Jen Chaney

Anne Hathaway, "Glee"-bound. (NBC/AP)

In yet another bit of high-profile "Glee" guest-casting, Anne Hathaway has apparently signed on to appear on the show. Her role: She'll star as the lesbian aunt of Kurt, played by Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer.

MTV and other outlets are reporting the news, which was originally broken during E!'s post-Golden Globes show. (Somehow in the fog of Gervais jokes and Helena Bonham Carter dresses, we missed this.) It's unclear when the episode will shoot, when it will air or whether it will impact Colfer's oft-stated dream of getting Julie Andrews (Hathaway's "Princess Diaries" co-star) to play Kurt's grandmother.

What we do know is that Lesbian Aunt on "Glee" adds yet another primo item to Hathaway's resume after a year in which she's played a phone sex operator ("Valentine's Day"), a Parkinson's disease patient ("Love & Other Drugs") and soon-to-be Oscar host (real life).

So in summary: This comes as great news to fans of Hathaway who think she can add another shot of Gwyenth Paltrow-style energy to the show; terrible news to "Glee" fans who are sick of all the stunt casting; and inconsequential news to everyone else on the planet.

For those who need a reminder of the power of Hathaway's pipes, proceed to the jump to watch her singing with Big Bird. (By the way, it's only a matter of time until Big Bird gets cast on "Glee" as one of Rachel's feathered, distant and vaguely delusional cousins who teaches the "Glee" kids it's okay to believe in imaginary elephant-like creatures. Mark our words.)

By Jen Chaney  | January 19, 2011; 11:40 AM ET
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Comments

Worth noting that Anne's brother is gay, and the entire Hathaway family left the Catholic Church over its attitudes and toward gays.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 19, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

...attitudes toward and teachings about gays. (Need to preview before sending)

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 19, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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