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'The Office' scoop: 'Better With You' actor joins season 9

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Jake Lacy
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Meet Dunder Mifflin’s new staffer!

Better With You actor Jake Lacy is joining NBC’s The Office as a series regular for the upcoming ninth season.

Not a whole lot is known about Lacy’s role, but sources say he’ll play a new hire named Pete who’s also a potential love interest for Erin (Ellie Kemper). In describing his new gig to a cute barista in a rough-draft scene, Pete quips, “Not only am I the new guy who has to do the coffee runs, but it’s a paper company, so pretty much a non-stop adrenaline rush.”

Lacy was going to star in Fox’s midseason comedy The Goodwin Games next season, but was replaced by T.J. Miller after the pilot was shot. The Office is adding some new characters while saying goodbye next season to B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling and James Spader. Expect Kaling, who’s launching The Mindy Project on Fox this fall, to have a chance to send off her character on The Office this fall.

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