Actor Steve Carrell is reuniting with ‘The Office’ creator Greg Daniels for a Netflix comedy series inspired by President Donald Trump’s plan to add a “space force” as a sixth branch of the US military, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Carrell will star in the workplace comedy that will be focused on the group of people tasked with creating the space force. The show will be appropriately titled “Space Force.”
Carrell is expected to earn $1 million per episode, according to the report.
“The goal of the new branch is to 'defend satellites from attack' and 'perform other space-related tasks'…or something. This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out,” the teaser for the show said.
Carrell most recently played Donald Rumsfeld in the 2018 film “Vice.”
Trump’s called for ‘space force’ last year:
Trump issued a call for a space force in June of last year.
“I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That's a big statement. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force – separate but equal. It is going to be something,” Trump said during a National Space Council meeting.
"The Air Force is going to focus on the Air Force. We need a separate branch, and we're working on that. It's called the Space Force, which is very exciting. People love it, people love it, they get it, and they love it,” Trump added in July.
Trump’s actual space force plan falls short:
Despite the bluster, the president cannot unilaterally add a sixth branch to the military without an act of Congress.
“Last week the military-focused news outlet Defense One exclusively reported on a draft of the Pentagon’s plans that called for the creation of a new combatant command for space, a new joint agency for satellite purchases, and a new warfighting community that draws space operators from all service branches,” ABC News reported in August.
“An administration official confirmed to ABC News that ‘all three of those things are in the option box’ of the administration's report that is set to go to Congress this week and that the administration believes are all within the executive branch’s authority to carry out unilaterally. Steps further down the line, the official said, will include a formal legislative proposal and budget request that would require Congressional cooperation.”