Editor's note: The new "Space Force" trailer contains strong language.
We just got another taste of "Space Force" to help whet our appetite for the Netflix comedy, whose premiere is now only 10 days away.
This morning (May 19), Netflix released its second (and main) three-minute trailer for "Space Force," which stars Steve Carell as the leader of a new U.S. military branch focused on the final frontier. The show, which premieres on May 29, is art imitating life; the real Space Force was officially established in December 2019.
Like the first trailer, which Netflix unveiled two weeks ago, the second one showcases Carell as Gen. Mark R. Naird, the man charged with getting the Space Force off the ground. But this trailer gives us larger doses of John Malkovich, who plays the branch's science chief, and our first real look at Ben Schwartz's character, Space Force head media manager F. Tony Scarapiducci.
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Scarapiducci will steal more than a few "Space Force" scenes, if the new trailer is any guide.
"We're looking for American heroes," he tells Naird and other top brass in one clip. "Let me be more clear: We're looking for people who look like heroes. No uggos."
"Space Force" was created by Carell and Greg Daniels, a writer, producer and director who has worked on "The Simpsons," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "King of the Hill" and "Saturday Night Live." In addition to Carell, Malkovich and Schwartz, the show stars Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy O. Yang, Jane Lynch, Noah Emmerich and the late Fred Willard.
The pedigree, star power, subject matter and sneak peaks all suggest that "Space Force" will be must-see TV, especially for space fans.
And just in case you're dubious: The new trailer ends with a brief scene of a chimp and a dog floating in a microgravity environment. Both are wearing spacesuits. The chimp flings a green toy bone at the dog, which catches it in its mouth and then begins to roll backward with the imparted force. Naird, who is watching this test (or whatever it is) remotely, laughs and says, "That is cute! Mission accomplished."
Netflix also announced today that Yang will host a 10-part podcast about the show called "Inside Joke: Space Force." The podcast will feature Daniels, Carell, Malkovich, Schwartz and other key players, and new episodes will air Mondays and Thursdays.
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Mike Wall is the author of "Out There" (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.
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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with Space.com and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.