Rainn Wilson's days as Dwight Schrute are coming to an end, but that does not mean the actor is going away. Which is a good thing, as he is awesome.
Wilson will be switching from selling paper products to catching crooks in his new role as the lead star on CBS' adaptation of Backstrom, based on a Swedish book series by Leif G.W. Persson.
Backstrom focuses on an overweight, offensive detective who tries to change his behavior - but fails. I am sure that description makes Wilson feel all warm inside.
This past week marked the end of filming on the Office, so Wilson is free to begin his work as Detective Everett Backstrom. Backstrom has recently been brought back to lead the Portland (Oregon) Special Crimes Group, which is full of other eccentrics.
The pilot is being developed by Bones creator Hart Hanson and will be directed by Mark Mylod for 20th Television.
Other actors attached to the series are Dennis Haysbert and Kristoffer Polaha.
Hanson tweeted today about the casting, saying that, "We got our Backstrom! And wow, he's a corker!"
Fellow Office "workers" Angela Kinsey, Ellie Kemper, Craig Robinson and David Denman have landed pilots this season.
The Office finale will air May 16.