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James Spader linked to vacant US Office post

James Spader

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Spader is poised to take a significant role in the upcoming eighth season of The Office – although not as a replacement for Steve Carell.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor is in final negotiations to initially succeed Carell for a while, before upgrading to CEO of Dunder Mifflin.

The three-time Emmy winning Boston Legal star reportedly so impressed the show’s creators when he guest starred in the season finale that they are now looking to maximise the opportunities offered.

If the plan is true, Spader would ultimatey replace Kathy Bates, who will reportedly exit the show to focus on season 2 of Harry’s Law. And he would have a significant weekly presence on the show.

EW did stress, however, that a deal has yet to be completed and no scripts have been written for the upcoming eighth season, even though production is due to commence in about a month.

Spader’s character would be named Robert California and would be introduced in the season premiere, initially as new office manager. But he will then quickly decide that the role is too small for him and sets about becoming appointed as new CEO.

It means Carell’s position remains vacant in the long-term, heightening suggestions that it could be an internal promotion from among existing cast members.

Catherine Tate has also been linked as a possible contender, as has Will Ferrell, who filled in for a multi-episode arc in May.

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