(CNS) Posted Thursday July 7, 2011 – 9:10am
Three-time Emmy winner James Spader will join the cast of The Office, reprising the role he played in the comedy's season finale, NBC announced today. "James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class Jedi warrior," said Paul Lieberstein, one of the series' executive producers who also plays human resources representative Toby Flenderson. "He'll have been hired over the summer as the new manger, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company."James has an energy that is completely his own and The Office has no tools for dealing with this guy. We're thrilled he's joining our cast." Spader won Emmy awards for his portrayal of shameless attorney Alan Shore on The Practice and Boston Legal, the only actor to win consecutive Emmys playing the same character on two different series. Spader's other credits include the films sex, lies and videotape, which brought him the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival; Crash, Secretary, 2 Days in the Valley and Less Than Zero. Spader will film a role in the Steven Spielberg-directed biopic Lincoln later this year in the midst of shooting The Office. Spader replaces Steve Carell, who left The Office after seven seasons to concentrate on his movie career.
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