You read that correctly: Will Ferrell is doing a multi-episode arc on The Office.
According to TVLine’s sister site Deadline.com, Ferrell — Carell’s castmate in the films Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy and Bewitched — will play a branch manager from the home office who is just as inappropriate as Michael.
“We are proud to continue The Office’s tradition of discovering famous talent,” showrunner Paul Lieberstein told Deadline’s Mike Fleming, tongue planted firmly in cheek, “and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see — tremendous raw sexuality.”
At least one of Ferrell’s episodes will likely air after Carrell’s swan song in early May to help “create a bridge” between the old and new management, per Deadline.
As previously reported, Ricky Gervais is set to reprise his role as UK Office manager David Brent at beginning of this week’s episode.