'The Office' spinoff to feature Rainn Wilson, Dwight's beet farm
"The Office" has seen a lot of changes since Steve Carell left the cast last year and now one of the most beloved characters is getting a spinoff.
Rainn Wilson's character Dwight Schrute will star in a new series, which could potentially debut in 2013, according to Deadline.
The proposed spinoff was created by Wilson and "The Office" executive producer/show runner Paul Lieberstein, who plays Toby Flenderson on the show. It will reportedly feature Dwight living at his family's beet farm and bed & breakfast, which has been featured on the NBC comedy series.
"Paul and Rainn have been joking for years about Dwight's life on the farm, his family and how ill-suited he is to run a B&B," a source told Deadline. "A while ago, it started to feel like a show to them. NBC agreed, it's been further developed to include multiple generations, many cousins and neighbors… At its base it will be about a family farm struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together."
On a recent episode of the series, "Office" alum and "Parks and Recreation" writer and executive producer Michael Shur portrayed Dwight's cousin Mose. It is unclear whether he would return for the spinoff.
Deadline reports that Wilson will continue his role on "The Office," before segueing to the new series in midseason 2013, assuming that "Office" returns for a ninth season.
The series has been laying the groundwork for Dwight's departure from the office in recent episodes. The character was unhappy that he wasn't chosen as the new boss and visited CEO Robert California (James Spader) in Florida with hopes to interview for a new job, but was rebuffed.
"Parks and Recreation" was originally evolved from the idea of an "Office" spinoff and was created by Schur and Greg Daniels, who developed and executive produces "The Office."
In September, "The Office" began its eighth season – its first without Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott, manager of the Scranton, PA branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, since the show's debut.
Ed Helms' character Andy Bernard took over as the new boss on the series, which was adapted from the original British version co-created by Ricky Gervais. Gervais continues to write and executive produce the comedy.
Wilson, 45, is best known for his roles on "The Office" and in films like "The Rocker," "Juno" and "Hesher."
"I want to play these great characters," Wilson told OnTheRedCarpet.com in May, while promoting "Hesher." "I want to play the freaks and the oddballs and the weirdos and the losers, whether that's in a serious drama or in a comedy and I'm so lucky that I get to do it."
Wilson studied theater at Tufts University, the University of Washington, New York's Tisch School of the Arts and The Acting Company in New York. While in New York, the actor worked as a waiter and appeared on Broadway before moving to Los Angeles and landing the role of a mortician's apprentice on "Six Feet Under."
Watch a clip of Rainn Wilson talking about his family's beet farm on "The Office" below.