James Spader Joins “The Office”

Posted Wednesday July 6, 2011 2:51 PM GMT

With things around “The Office” still settling down after Steve Carell's departure last season, it has been confirmed that James Spader will join the cast.

The “Boston Legal” actor made an appearance on the hit NBC program this past Spring and will return as CEO Robert California of Dunder Mifflin’s parent company Sabre.

Paul Lieberstein, who plays Toby Flenderson and also serves as an executive producer, expressed his excitement over the news.

"James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior. He'll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, 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."

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