Last month we reported that James Spader was going to be the new man to replace Steve Carrel as the new manager of the fictional paper company, Dunder Mifflin on “The Office.” Today, NBC has officially confirmed that James Spader (Crash, Secretary) will be joining “The Office” to play Sabre’s new CEO Robert California. Spader will also be replacing Kathy Bates who’s leaving the show for another NBC show “Harry’s Law.”

Spader last appeared in the seventh season finale of “The Office” as one of several notable actors vying for Michael Scott’s regional manager position.

Here’s what NBC had to say:
“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,” Office executive producer Paul Lieberstein (better known as Toby) said in a statement. “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.”

Source: THR