Have you ever wondered what it would be like if another actor played your favourite character on The Office? Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight on The Office, shared a photo on his Facebook page yesterday that showed the preliminary casting call sheet from the NBC sitcom’s early stages. If you are curious who actors like Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer were up against, take a look below! You just might recognize a few names!
One of the more recognizable names on the list is Adam Scott from Parks and Recreation auditioning for the role of Jim Halpert. Similarly, Mary Lynn Rajskub from 24 tried out for the role of Pam. Can you imagine the two glancing longingly at one another from across cubicles? Even more interesting is the idea of Suburgatory’s Alan Tudyk playing the infamous Michael Scott.
In 2008, Jenna Fischer sat down with NPR’s Fresh air to discuss the casting of Jim and Pam. “They took four Pams and four Jims and four Dwights and four Michaels, and they brought us into a real office. And they filmed us with a camera for two days, mixing and matching us,” said Fischer. “After, he [John Krasinski] turned to me and he said, ‘You’re my favorite Pam. I hope you get this job.’… I said, ‘I’m so glad you said that, because you’re my favorite Jim, and I don’t think anyone could do it except for you.’”
The series finale of The Office will air on Thursday, May 16th at 9/8c. Can you imagine anyone else playing the roles of the Dunder Mifflin crew?