Steve Carell is returning to a television comedy role for the first time since the days of Michael Scott, and by the looks of the first trailer for Space Force, the wait appears to have been worth it.
Carell stars as four-star general Mark R. Naird, who is abruptly named the head the newly created sixth branch of the United States military, the Space Force.
Here’s the official synopsis for the upcoming comedy series, which was co-created by Carell and The Office creator Greg Daniels, via Netflix:
“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 colorful 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.”
Carell’s most recent television outing, The Morning Show on Apple TV, wasn’t necessarily the massive pop cultural success that the Academy Award-nominated actor had likely hoped it’d be. Seeing as he’s once again working with Greg Daniels, Space Force should see Carell back in his comfort zone, doing what he does best: being hilarious.
In addition to Carell, Space Force also stars John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers and Tawny Newsome. The series will hit Netflix on May 29.
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