Steve Carell won’t cameo in ‘The Office’ spin-off series

Steve Carell will not appear in The Office spin-off series, but he did convince Domnhnall Gleeson to star in the Peacock show.

The two actors previously worked together in FX’s 2022 limited series The Patient, which earned Carell a Screen Actors Guild award nomination. Gleeson, meanwhile, was nominated at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.

“I know Domhnall Gleeson – who I did ‘The Patient’ with – is going to be one of the leads. I know that for sure,” Carell told Jimmy Fallon during a recent interview on The Tonight Show. “He’s an excellent actor. And he actually called me and asked, you know, ‘Should I do this? Is this something… Did you enjoy it?’ I said, ‘Of course.’”

Domhnall Gleeson stars in The Office spin-off series. Credit: Getty Images

Gleeson is leading the The Office spin-off alongside The White Lotus Season 2 star Sabrina Impacciatore. Production on the new series is expected to begin in July.

As previously reported, the show is not a reboot The Office, and will instead focus on a new set of characters in the same universe. Greg Daniels, who developed the American version of the series, is co-creating the new show with Michael Koman.

The official longline from Peacock states: “The documentary crew that immortalised Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch is in search of a new subject when they discover a dying historic Midwestern newspaper and the publisher trying to revive it with volunteer reporters.”


Carell has previously confirmed that he will not be reprising the role of Michael Scott for the upcoming spin-off. In 2018, he told Collider that he would never be interested in bringing The Office back, and more recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he will not be making a cameo in the new series.

“I will be watching but I will not be showing up,” Carell said. “It’s just a new thing and there’s really no reason for my character to show up in something like that. But I’m excited about it, it sounds like a great concept. I love the idea — I guess it’s set in a failing newspaper company.”

It’s currently unclear if other actors from the American version of The Office will appear in the spin-off. John Krasinski, who played Jim Halpert on all nine seasons of the show, told People last month: “The truth is I’d do anything Greg Daniels asked me to do.”

When plans for The Office spin-off were first announced last year, they were met with a mixed response from fans.


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