Netflix’s “Space Force” rounded out the cast this week, adding a long list of popular comedians and actors. The company confirmed that John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Tawny Newsome, and Diana Silvers joined the show as series regulars, alongside co-creator and executive producer Steve Carell. Netflix also announced that Jimmy O. Yang and Alex Sparrow will also appear in Season 1 of the series as recurring guest stars.
The official logline for the comedy reads, “Workplace comedy centered around the people back on Earth tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services… Space Force.” Netflix is hoping to launch the series in 2020, and the show has 10 30-minute episodes planned for the first season.
Greg Daniels is the co-creator of the show and serves as showrunner and executive producer. Howard Klein also serves as an executive producer on the series. Netflix detailed the characters in the announcement, and you can check out their descriptions below.
John Malkovich plays “Dr. Adrian Mallory” – Head Science Advisor, brilliant, arrogant and hoping to prevent space from becoming the next great international battlefield. Ben Schwartz plays “F. Tony Scarapiducci” – A self-centered media consultant whose Machiavellian goals only sometimes line up with those of Mark or Space Force. Diana Silvers plays “Erin Naird” – Popular and an A-student in Washington DC, Mark’s daughter is an outcast in Wild Horse Colorado after transferring to a remote military base and turns to delinquency. Tawny Newsome plays “Angela Ali” – Helicopter pilot, ambitious and competitive, with secret dreams that she keeps close to the vest.
Jimmy O. Yang plays “Doctor Chan Kaifang” – Doctor Mallory’s right-hand man, Chan is a brilliant astrophysicist and rocket engineer who immigrated from China as a teenager and loves all things American, from fly fishing to the Baltimore Orioles. Alex Sparrow plays “Yuri ‘Bobby’ Telatovich” – A charming observer from the Russian Government, Yuri is curious about many things in Mark’s life, like his daughter, or the tech specs of the Javelin missile.
BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Paul King has been tapped to direct two episodes of “Space Force,” including the pilot. As previously announced, Steve Carell will star in the show, and he plays “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.
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