By Dan Snierson
Updated July 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM EDT
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Many people consider Ryan Reynolds to be God’s gift to man, but this season on Family Guy, he’ll be playing a literal version of that — with a twist. For a cameo role in the animated comedy’s Christmas episode, he will lend his voice to someone who might be described as a precursor to Jesus. Or as Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann explains: “He’s God’s previous attempt at an immaculate conception — his first son that didn’t quite work out.”

Reynolds, of course, is no stranger to the world of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Not only did he guest star on the show as himself last season, he currently can be seen in MacFarlane’s big-screen comedy Ted.

The Christmas episode will air later this year as part of season 11, which kicks off Sept. 30 on Fox and features vocal contributions from such celebrities as Johnny Depp, Elizabeth Banks, and Kellan Lutz.

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