'Space Force': Meet the cast of the Netflix workplace comedy inspired by Trump's new idea for the Army
Netflix's upcoming comedy 'Space Force' is a workplace comedy series that centers on a group of people tasked with establishing the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Space Force. A brainchild of Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, the Netflix series is inspired by President Donald Trump's proposal to create a Space Force, the sixth military branch of the U.S.
According to the official synopsis, 'Space Force' follows "a decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force. Four-star general Mark R Naird 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."
Before the show premieres on May 29, 2020, here is a list of all the stars on 'Space Force'.
Steve Carell as General Mark R Naird
Carell plays the role of Space Force's first Chief of Space Operations General Mark R Naird. Mark is a decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force but is confused when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. Needless to say, Carell brings his signature comedic timing of that of a clueless but dedicated employee at the workspace with him in 'Space Force'.
But when the real-life Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond saw the trailer, he was expecting someone else to play him. "I was hoping for Bruce Willis," he was reported saying in an interview, on account of both him and the actor being bald. And then followed to give advice to Carell. "The one piece of advice I’d give Steve Carell is to get a haircut. He’s looking a little too shaggy if he wants to play the Space Force chief."
Carell is best known for his portrayal of boss Michael Scott on the NBC sitcom 'The Office', a role for which he received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy for his work on the first season of the series. For his performance on 'The Big Short' and 'Battle of the Sexes', he earned his eighth and ninth Golden Globe Award nominations, respectively. His latest role on television on Apple TV+'s 'The Morning Show' alongside Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston was received well. He played Mitch Kessler, a morning news show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance after being fired due to a sexual misconduct accusation.
As he awaits the release of 'Space Force', he is also starring in 'Irresistible', a movie directed by Jon Stewart, which will now be going straight to demand.
Lisa Kudrow as Maggie Naird
As Maggie, Kudrow plays the role of Mark's wife. The character description released describes her as a military wife who "has sublimated parts of herself to her husband's career for two decades. But as he takes on his biggest challenge, she is growing in a different direction."
The actress is best known for her role in 'Friends', a character was widely popular while the series aired. Kudrow is also known for her work on 'The Opposite of Sex', which won her the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.
She will soon be seen in the HBO Max revival of 'Friends' titled 'The One Where They Got Back Together'.
John Malkovich as Dr Adrian Mallory
As Dr Adrian Mallory, Malkovich plays the role of Space Force scientist, a brilliant and arrogant scientist who is trying his best to prevent space from becoming the next great international battlefield. The Academy Award-winning actor is known for his work on 'Places in the Heart' and 'In the Line of Fire'. His performances in 'Being John Malkovich', 'Shadow of the Vampire', 'Ripley's Game', 'Johnny English', 'Burn After Reading', 'Warm Bodies', 'Bird Box', and 'Velvet Buzzsaw'.
Currently, he stars as Pope John Paul III (born John Brannox), the titular new pope on 'The New Pope' alongside Jude Law. Malkovich is also known to produce some very critically acclaimed movies such as 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower', 'Ghost World', and 'Juno'.
Diana Silvers as Erin Naird
As Erin, Silvers plays the role of Mark's teenage daughter. Playing the role of a military brat, Erin is a popular student when she was in Washington DC. But after her father moves the family to Wild Horse, Colorado, she becomes an outcast and turns into a delinquent teen. The actor is best known for her role as Hope in the coming-of-age comedy 'Booksmart'. Her role as Maggie in 'Ma' was also highly appreciated.
She is currently working on 'Birds of Paradise', an upcoming movie directed by Sarah Adina Smith, alongside Kristine Froseth, Jacqueline Bisset and Stav Strashko. 'Ava', an upcoming action thriller will star Silvers alongside Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Common, John Malkovich, Geena Davis and Joan Chen. The movie will be directed by Tate Taylor.
Apart from acting, Silvers is also a model. In her senior year of high school after being accepted into NYU, she was scouted by IMG models through her Instagram. She continued modeling to pay for her studies.
Ben Schwartz as F. Tony Scarapiducci
AsTony Scarapiducci, Schwartz plays the role of Space Force social media director. On the show, he is often called 'F**k Tony', bringing his quintessential mischievous energy to the show. His character is described as "a self-centred, Machiavellian media consultant whose goals rarely coincide with Space Force's mission or what Naird has in mind".
The actor is best known for playing Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on 'Parks and Recreation'. He is also known for his work on 'Peep World', 'Everybody's Fine', 'The Other Guys', 'The Walk', 'This Is Where I Leave You' and 'Sonic the Hedgehog'. He has been nominated for three Emmys and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for coauthoring Hugh Jackman's opening number for the 81st Academy Awards.