Steve Carell used to be a bit of a daft actor who shouted really loudly about loving lamp and getting his chest waxed.
Not to knock him, Anchorman and The 40-Year Old Virgin are great films, but he really came into his own as Michael Scott in the US version of The Office.
Usually I’m pretty sceptical about how British shows – particularly comedies – translate over the pond, but The US Office is every bit as good as the original.
Nowadays, Steve takes on more serious roles, like in Foxcatcher and the recently released Beautiful Boy, but it seems he’s returning to his comedy roots for a brand new Netflix special.
Carell and The Office showrunner Greg Daniels are teaming up once again for a new workplace comedy called Space Force, which will focus on the team tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services as part of President Trump’s space initiative.
And the full trailer is here:
I really wish people would stop calling it a new version of The Office.
Looks nothing like it other than the fact Steve Carell’s in it.
It’d be like saying Extraction is the new Avengers just because Chris Hemsworth’s in it.
Anyway, Steve will be joined by the likes of John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers and Tawny Newsome.
The official synopsis for Space Force reads: “A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force.
“Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colourful team of scientists and ‘Spacemen’ are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon (again) in a hurry and achieving total space dominance.”
Speaking about the show’s inception, Carell said: “Space Force came around in a rather atypical way. Netflix had this premise that they thought might make a funny show – the idea made everybody laugh in a meeting, an idea of a show about the origins of a fictitious Space Force.
“I heard about the idea through my agent, and Netflix pitched the show to me, and then I pitched the show to Greg, and we all had the same reaction to it. There was no show, there was no idea aside from the title.
“Netflix asked, ‘Do you want to do a show called Space Force?’ And I pretty much immediately said, ‘Well yeah, sure. That sounds great.’
“And then I called Greg, and I said, ‘Hey, you want to do a show called Space Force?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, that sounds good. Let’s do it.’
“And it was really based on nothing, except this name that made everybody laugh. So we were off and running.
Space Force will launch on Netflix on 29 May.