According to The Hollywood Reporter, Idris Elba (The Wire) is going to guest star in the upcoming Showtime series The Big C.

Elba, who was on the last season of NBC's The Office, is going to play a painter who finds himself in a relationship with the series star Laura Linney. He's going to appear in four episodes.

The Big C centers around a suburban teacher who gets diagnosed with cancer. The show debuts August 16.