Ed Asner, O'Shea Jackson Jr., George Wallace and Boyd Holbrook are also set to star in the half-hour anthology pilot that The Office alum Novak is writing, directing and executive producing. Shooting begins today on the Platform pilot "that uses the boldest issues of our times as a jumping-off point to tell singular, character-driven stories about the world we live in today," according to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. She adds: "I hear the plan is to film two episodes, which are very different in tone — one is said to be more dramatic, tackling a tough subject, and the other more comedic, with a small animation element." ALSO: The Office stars reunited Saturday to celebrate B.J. Novak's 40th birthday on Wednesday.