Ricky Gervais is set to return to both acting and Netflix with the Hollywood Reporter stating that the Office and Extras star has signed up for a new six-part comedy show. His new project After Life, will focus on how the lead character Tony copes after the unexpected death of his wife Lisa.
This marks a continued working relationship with the British comedian and the streaming service, with Netflix previously acquiring the international distribution rights to his mellow drama/comedy Derek, as well as his two live stand-up comedy shows Humanity and the upcoming SuperNature.
Gervais has recently been teasing fans about the upcoming show on Twitter;
“A lot of people are trying to guess the plot, themes and even the dialogue of my new Netflix show. Some of them are offended by what they’ve guessed. One person tweeted me ‘Ugh, playing a typical straight white dude I see’ Haha.”
For now we’ll have to go with the official press release;
“Tony (Ricky Gervais) had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. He thinks it’s like a Super Power — not caring about himself or anyone else — but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know.”
The comedian, most famous for his portrayal of the office manager/would-be rock star David Brent, will be joined once again by producing partner Charlie Hanson who he previously worked with on Life’s To Short, Derek, Extras and The Office spin-off film David Brent: Life On The Road.
Gervais is set to write, star and executive produce the new show, but no further cast announcements have been made as of yet.