'The Office' spin-off gains two new cast members(Read article summary)
'The Office' spin-off, tentatively titled 'The Farm,' has cast Dwight Schrute's sister and nephew.
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The alwaysÂ lovableÂ Schrute family continues to grow, as NBC has cast former Roswell star Majandra Delfino inÂ The Office spin-offÂ (tentatively titled The Farm) as Dwightâ€™s (Rainn Wilson) younger â€śpseudo-intellectual leftyâ€ť sister, Frannie. Not too much is known about Delfinoâ€™s new role, expect that Frannie left the Schrute family beet farm/bed & breakfast for a faster-paced life in Boston. After getting divorced from her husband, Frannie ends up back on the same farm she fled, only this time with son in tow.
Joining Delfino on the old Schrute family beet farm is young actor Blake Garrett (New Girl, Bridesmaids), who will play Frannieâ€™s son and Dwightâ€™s nerdy and slightly weird 9-year-old nephew, Cameron Whitman. He is described as a â€ścosmopolitan ladâ€ť who still feels the pull of his Schrute heritage, especially when heâ€™s receiving much-needed fatherly guidance and attention from his uncles.
The potential new series will center on Dwight and his siblings inheriting their familyâ€™s beet farm, which also doubles as a bed and breakfast. Both Delfino on Garrettâ€™s characters will be introduced this fall in an episode of the upcoming ninth season of The Office, which will act as a backdoor pilot for The Farm. Based on how well the offshoot does, NBC will decide whether or not to move forward on the project. Should the pilot get picked up, both Delfino and Garrett will appear as series regulars.
Wilson will also serve as executive producer of the spin-off â€“ along with formerÂ Office showrunner and star Paul Liberstein (Toby),Â who has stepped down from the parent show in favor of the The Farm. Still no word on who will play the other previously announced characters, or if fan-favorite character Cousin Mose (played byÂ Office co-exec producer Michael Schur) will make a much-anticipated appearance, should NBC make The Farm happen.
Scott Stoute blogs at Screen Rant.