Space Force: Steve Carell comedy adds 6 new cast members

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - APRIL 20: John Malkovich attends the Romy Akademie Preis 2017 at Grand Hotel Vienna on April 20, 2017 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Monika Fellner/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - APRIL 20: John Malkovich attends the Romy Akademie Preis 2017 at Grand Hotel Vienna on April 20, 2017 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Monika Fellner/Getty Images) /

Space Force, Netflix’s new comedy starring Steve Carell, just added John Malkovich, Tawny Newsome, Ben Schwartz, and more to the cast. We’ve got details!

Per a report from Deadline, Netflix has added six new cast members to its new work place comedy, Space Force. Created by Greg Daniels (The Office) and Steve Carell (The Office), Space Force will follow the formation of the new branch of the United States government, which is tasked with defending satellites from attack and performing other space related tasks.

When the very real Space Force initiative was introduced on June 18, 2018, many scientists, talking heads, and average US citizens had no idea what this meant or how it would be accomplished. Space Force will show the group of people trying to figure it out and build the program. They will be lead by General Mark R. Naird, who will be played by Carell. And now, General Naird finally has a crew!

Space is complicated, so there needs to be a science adviser. John Malkovich (Billions) will play Dr. Adrian Mallory. He’s a man worthy of the title, yet arrogant. He’s afraid that outer space will become a new front for world wars. So, he’s also got a clear head.

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Family is also complicated. General Naird’s daughter Erin will be played by Diana Silvers, who’s had memorable roles over the past year in Booksmart and Hulu’s Into the Dark: Flesh & Blood. Erin had her happy school and social life in the nation’s capital uprooted by the Space Force initiative. Now that she’s relocated to Wild Horse Colorado, Erin turns rebellious.

Astronauts need to know how to fly things. It’s an important part of the process. Tawny Newsome (Brockmire) will play Angela Ali, a helicopter pilot. She’s ambitious and competitive. She also has a lot of lofty dreams that she keeps to herself. Hopefully, one of these will be to get into space. This casting news probably explains why Newsome missed this weeks episode of her podcast Yo! Is this Racist? Co-host  Andrew Ti had mentioned that she was away on a project that was big enough to avoid spoiling specifics. He was right.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Tawny Newsome attends the AMC Network Summit on April 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for AMC)
Tawny Newsome – (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for AMC) /

Such an undefined and unexplainable project as Space Force needs a mouthpiece to go out and handle the media. Unfortunately, Anthony Scaramucci is busy discussing politics and determining who can do the most curls with Chris Cuomo on CNN. So, General Naird brings in F. Tony Scarapiducci played by Ben Schwartz (House of Lies). Scarapiducci is a man who’s chief media client is himself. Occasionally, he may promote Space Force.

Then there’s the support staff. Dr. Mallory’s right hand scientist, Dr. Chan Kaifang is played by Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley). He’s an astrophysicist and rocket scientist who immigrated from China when he was a teen. He loves everything about the U.S. including the Baltimore Orioles, who have lost over 100 games and counting this season. That’s dedication.

Being a personal assistant or PA is a good way to get your foot in the door of most businesses. Hopefully, that will help one star General Brad Gregory go far in life. He’s the personal assistant and gatekeeper for General Naird. He will be played by Don Lake (Zootopia).

And, every grand United States initiative needs input from Russia because that’s where we’re at right now. That will come from observer Yuri ‘Bobby’ Telatovich. He will be played by Alex Sparrow (Unreal). He’s interested in space,surface to air missiles, and Erin Naird.

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Per the same Deadline report, production has already begun on the pilot. Out of all of the casting news, I’m looking forward to seeing Tawny Newsome and Diana Silvers in the show. Newsome is hilarious and can completely disappear into character. She was also one of the highlights of the third season of Brockmire which was as emotionally devastating as it was delightfully R-Rated. As for Silvers, we saw her play quiet intensity in Booksmart and full on intense in Hulu’s Into the Dark: Flesh & Blood. It’ll be fun to see both actors play in this environment.

Look for Space Force to premiere sometime in the first half of 2020. It will stream exclusively on Netflix.