Amazon Prime Video is developing a female-led The Office reboot in Australia.
Variety reports Prime Video has enlisted Australian comedian Felicity Ward (Wakefield and The Inbetweeners) for the lead role of Hannah Howard, the managing director of packaging company Flinley Craddick, the Aussie version of Michael Scott's Dunder Mifflin.
The Office Australia is scheduled to begin production in Sydney in June, with a premiere date expected in 2024.
Prime Video will produce the series alongside BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand and Bunya Entertainment.
“I’m very excited about Australia remaking my little show from the turn of the century,” Ricky Gervais, co-creator of the original U.K. version, said. “Office politics have changed a bit in 20 years, so can’t wait to see how they navigate a modern-day David Brent.”
Rounding out the cast of The Office Australia are Edith Poor (The Power of the Dog), Steen Raskopoulos (The Duchess), Shari Sebbens (Thor: Love and Thunder), Josh Thomson (Young Rock), Jonny Brugh (What We Do in the Shadows), Pallavi Sharda (The Twelve), Susan Ling Young (Hungry Ghosts), Raj Labade, Lucy Schmit, and Firass Dirani (Underbelly).
“We are thrilled to be bringing one of the biggest comedy franchises ever made to Prime Video customers in Australia and around the world,” Sarah Christie, Senior Development Executive Prime Video Australia, told Deadline. “It is an honour to continue the international comedy legacy of The Office locally while introducing new, quintessentially Australian characters. We can’t wait for audiences to meet Hannah Howard, the first female boss The Office format has explored.”