While fans of The Office are undoubtedly already mourning its impending removal from Netflix in 2021, comfort can definitely be found in the newest collaboration between its creator and its star. Announced in January 2019, The Office creator Greg Daniels has reteamed with Steve Carell to bring us a new workplace comedy following the creation of a space force. Based on President Trump’s real-life idea to create another branch of the military, Space Force follows the team people tasked with figuring out exactly what a space force is.
And now, that team is coming together, as Variety reports that John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz have joined the cast, alongside Booksmart‘s Diana Silvers and comedian Tawny Newsome. Additionally, Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, Crazy Rich Asians), Don Lake, and Alex Sparrow have been cast in recurring roles.
From the guys that brought you The Office. Welcome to Space Force. pic.twitter.com/cbPnDCVfCp
— Space Force (@realspaceforce) January 16, 2019
In January, Netflix announced the series with a hilarious video, set to the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
“On June 18, 2018, the federal government announced the creation of a 6th major division of the United States Armed Forces. The goal of the new branch is to “defend satellites from attack” and “perform other space-related tasks” or something. This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out.”
In to the casting announcements, Variety also revealed more details as to who each cast member—including Carell—will play. The actor, who also stars in the Apple+ series The Morning Show this fall, will play Mark R. Naird, “a General tapped by the White House to lead a new branch of the Armed Forces with the goal of putting American ‘Boots on the Moon’ by 2024.” Silvers will play Erin, the teenage daughter of Carell’s character.
Malkovich plays head science advisor Dr. Adrian Malloy, while Newsome will play an “ambitious” helicopter pilot named Angela Ali. And continuing a run of frustrating and, at times, downright unlikable characters, Schwartz is set to play F. Tony Scarapiducci, “a self-centered media consultant whose Machiavellian goals only sometimes line up with those of Mark or Space Force.”
After departing from Netflix in 2021, The Office will find its new digital home at NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock, which is set to launch in April 2020.
Netflix has yet to announce a release date for Space Force.
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