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The Office has found its man. Sort of.

Having killed on the season seven finale as cocky branch manager candidate Robert California, Emmy winner James Spader has been announced as a new regular on that NBC sitcom.

However, producer Paul Lieberstein says Spader will not have the job once held by Steve Carell’s Michael Scott. Instead, he’ll sky-rocket up to CEO of Dunder Mifflin’s parent company.

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Describing California as a “high-class weirdo Jedi warrior,” Lieberstein said in a statement that “he’ll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted.”

As a result, the task of replacing Scott in the office itself will fall to Dwight, Jim or Andy.

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