Before Michael Scott, there was David Brent, the even less competent boss of the U.K.'s original version of "The Office." Now Netflix has secured the rights to Ricky Gervais's spinoff movie, "David Brent: Life on the Road," with the feature-length movie streaming in 2017.

"We are thrilled to welcome the iconic character of David Brent back to Netflix, as we were the home to the first digital deal for The Office, starring Ricky Gervais," Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer said in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter. "Our existing collaborations across series, for Derek, and in film, with Special Correspondents, have been fruitful, and it's only fitting for us to have Ricky's upcoming feature film available to as many of our viewers as possible."

Here's the synopsis:

"The film catches up with Brent twelve years on from the BBC mockumentary 'The Office' to find he is now a travelling salesman with Lavichem, a cleaning and ladies' personal hygiene products company. However, he hasn't given up on his dream of rock stardom and is about to embark on a self-financed UK tour with his band, 'Foregone Conclusion'.

Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and talented rapper Dom (Ben Bailey Smith) in an attempt to gain street cred, Brent cashes in his pensions and takes unpaid leave in a bid to turn his dream into reality. Get ready to join David Brent on the road as he takes one last shot at fame and fortune.

DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD is written, directed by and stars Ricky Gervais, with original music and lyrics by Gervais, musical arrangement by Andy Burrows (Razorlight, We Are Scientists) and raps by Ben Bailey Smith."


There's no mention of any cameos from OGs like Tim, Dawn, and Gareth -- and last year Martin Freeman said, "they won't be bringing us back," meaning himself, Lucy Davis, and Mackenzie Crook. Apparently Stephen Merchant, who co-created the series with Gervais, won't be returning either.

That's disappointing, but the movie still looks pretty fun. Watch the trailer:

While the U.S. will get the movie on Netflix next year, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, can see it as a theatrical release this August 2016.

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