NBC just announced that James Spader, who’s been rumoured to be talking with the network for the past week, will indeed join “The Office” full-time.
He’s not exactly replacing Steve Carell, though — just adding a hallmark name to the cast.
Spader will play the CEO of Sabre, Dunder Mifflin’s parent company.
Here’s how the show’s executive producer Paul Lieberstein explained the arrangement:
“James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior,” said Paul Lieberstein, one of the series’ executive producers and a series regular. “He’ll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company. James has an energy that is completely his own, and ‘The Office’ has no tools for dealing with this guy. We’re thrilled he’s joining our cast.”
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