Steve Carrell seems to be easing into his alter ego of Michael Scarn with the launch of a teaser trailer for Space Force, a new Netflix comedy series. 🚀
Co-created by Carrell and Greg Daniels, who wrote for The Office, Netflix debuted the nearly three-minute trailer on Tuesday alongside a May 29 release date.
John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, and Jane Lynch will also star in the series.
Carell, who plays four-star general Mark R. Naird, finds himself in the familiar setting of a workplace. But this time he's based in the Pentagon and surrounded by military leaders and politicians as he's tasked with leading the newly formed Space Force military branch.
In a new interview with Deadline, Carrell and Daniels talked about how the show was originally ideated.
"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," Carrell said.
He added that the show came together in an "atypical way" with Netflix pitching him just the title. After agreeing, he relayed the idea to Daniels, who also hopped on board.
"And it was really based on nothing, except this name that made everybody laugh. So we were off and running,” Carrell admitted.
Of course, Space Force pulls its title from the real United States Space Force (USSF), the sixth branch of the Armed Forces that was established last December by Donald Trump.
According to the USSF website, the Space Force is "a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force."
No wonder Carrell and Daniels believe this premise has so much comic potential.