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John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz to work together in upcoming Netflix comedy series

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Actors John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz will be joining Steve Carell in Netflix's "Space Force" series.

The upcoming Netflix comedy series "Space Force" has added seven new cast members, reports variety.com.

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Malkovich, Schwartz, Tawny Newsome and Diana Silvers will be series regulars alongside Carell, while Jimmy O. Yang, Don Lake, and Alex Sparrow have been booked for recurring roles.

Carell is also the show's co-creator and executive producer. In addition, Paul King is on board to direct two episodes of the series, including the pilot.

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The show, which was ordered in January, is being described as a workplace comedy centred around the people back on Earth tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services. The announcement came shortly after US President Donald Trump opened up about plans for a sixth branch of the military dedicated to protecting American interests in space.

The 10-episode series is expected to premiere in 2020. Greg Daniels has co-created the series along with Carell and serves as showrunner, with Howard Klein of 3 Arts also executive producing.

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Carell will star as 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. Malkovich will play Dr. Adrian Mallory, the head science advisor, who is described as brilliant, arrogant and hopes to prevent space from becoming the next great international battlefield.

Schwartz will play F. Tony Scarapiducci, a self-centred media consultant, and Silvers will essay the role of popular and an A-student Erin Naird. Newsome will appear as Angela Ali, a helicopter pilot, who is described as ambitious and competitive.

Yang will recur as Dr. Chan Kaifang, Mallory's right-hand man and a brilliant astrophysicist. Sparrow plays Yuri "Bobby" Telatovich, an observer from the Russian government.

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