*“SNL” announced in a tweet Wednesday that Jim Carrey is joining the show as Joe Biden.
In an interview with Vulture, series creator Lorne Michaels confirmed that Maya Rudolph will also be back as Kamala Harris. The actress debuted her take on Harris in a sketch last September.
As Biden, Carrey will presumably be facing off in debate against Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump.
“There was some interest on his part,” Michaels told the site of Carey’s casting.
Jim Carrey is our new Joe Biden! pic.twitter.com/hBJPRJl6Ja
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) September 16, 2020
“Then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well. He will give the part energy and strength, and… hopefully it’s funny,” Michaels added.
Carrey has hosted SNL three times and appeared in the 40th anniversary special in 2015.
The “Saturday Night Live” cast this season also includes Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villasenor, Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang.
The new season will also have three new cast members: Andrew Dismukes, Lauren Holt and Punkie Johnson, the show tweeted.
SNL returns to NBC on Saturday, Oct. 3.