Comedian Steve Carrell is to star as Ricky Gervais's character in the American version of revered British comedy THE OFFICE - but he won't be called David Brent.

The BRUCE ALMIGHTY star, who will have to renege on an agreement to star American sitcom COME TO PAPA, will play an office boss called Michael Scott.

The casting of the 40-year-old actor ends months of searching for a suitable replacement.

But NBC television bosses are keen to stress that the American version is not a remake of the GOLDEN GLOBE-winning British original.

An insider says, "Executives have stressed the American version has been inspired by The Office. But it is not a script-by-script copy."

30/01/2004 13:46