Though Steve Carell might be gone from NBC's adaptation of The Office for good, that doesn't mean the original British boss of The Office across the pond isn't still kicking around.
After making a cameo a few seasons on the American version of The Office, comedian Ricky Gervais will reprise the character of former Wernham Hogg boss David Brent for The Office Revisited, a short mini-episode that will catch up with the obnoxious supervisor ten years after the conclusion of the UK series.
Presumably, Brent hasn't had much success after being fired from his company in the UK. After all, he was looking for a job at Dunder-Mifflin just a few years ago. EW says that The Office Revisited is part of the annual Comic Relief fundraiser happening on Red Nose Day, March 15th, on BBC One.
Gervais says, "It has been 10 years since we last saw David Brent. I thought it was time to revisit my most famous comedy creation to find out what he’s been up to for the last decade and most importantly what he’s up to now.” Here's Gervais getting suited back up as Brent:
The longer trailer can only be viewed on YouTube.
As you can see in the full trailer, the short episode finds Brent (trying to) pursue his dream of making it in the music business. Gervais says:
"He is passing on his wisdom to younger would-be rock stars now and is living vicariously through a young performer, Dom Johnson. Well, really he is trying to worm his way back into rock and roll. Fans of The Office will be excited to know we finally get to hear the whole of ‘The Serpent Who Guards the Gates of Hell’ and an amazing Brent self-funded video, ‘Equality Street.’ Horrendous.”
It seems fitting that Red Nose Day is when The Office Revisted will air (and will also be made available on Gervais' YouTube channel on the same day), since that's when Brent was fired from his position so many years ago in the second season of the series. I can't wait to see how Brent embarrasses himself again.
The Office Revisited will premiere on March 15th, and we'll post the video as soon as it's available online.