So as I feared,Â The OfficeÂ is really going forward with its ill-advised Dwight Shrute spin-off The Farm, as evidenced by a character breakdown that’s going around. Since there’s nothing I can do to stop it, I figure I might as well play along and opine on who should play which character.
First, a bit of background: the series begins with Dwight and his siblings inheriting a large B&B/farm, and for some reason, Dwight has to talk his family into joining in on the business before he can proceed.
FANNIE SCHRUTEÂ |Â Attractive, urban and in her late 20s/early 30s, Dwightâ€™s younger sister fled the Schrute farm life for Boston as soon as she could, and has had little to do with her roots for quite some time. Now divorced with one son, Fannie is â€śa bit of a pseudo-intellectual leftyâ€ť with an ironic sense of humor and a great heart.
There are a lot of actresses who could play Dwight’s normal, sane, career woman sister. Anyone who’s ever played a lawyer would do, and the fact that all of these women are improbably beautiful will only make it funnier, like Jerry‘s hot daughter on Parks and Rec.Â Portia de Rossi has great comic timing, and has proven herself to be good at playing little sisters. I also think Rashida Jones makes a great straight-woman for wacky people to play to. Sure, she doesn’t look like a Shrute, but maybe she’s Dwight’s half-sister. And I’m also a big fan of Lizzy Caplan for a part like this, although she might be a little too young.
JEB SCHRUTEÂ |Â Dwightâ€™s easygoing thirtysomething brother hasnâ€™t done well in any of the career paths heâ€™s followed â€“ worm breeder and Bigfoot hunter among them â€” but has found some success with a pot farm. Heâ€™s got none of Dwightâ€™s dedication or work ethic, but heÂ hasÂ made an exercise video about things you can do with a knife and a canoe.
This part screams Judah Friedlander to me, or maybe Paul Rudd if the wardrobe and makeup departments can sufficiently obscure his handsomeness. Or how about Gareth Keenan, the actor who played the “Dwight” character on the British version of The Office? It would be fun for him to play a more Jim-like part this time around, and he’s already proven he can play a weirdo. Also, he looks like he could be related to Dwight, in that they are both kind of pale and shifty-looking. (Sorry, Rainn Wilson.)
CAMERON WHITMANÂ |Â Dwightâ€™s smart and slightly weird 9-year-old nephew (Fannieâ€™s son) is a cosmopolitan lad who nevertheless feels the pull of his Schrute heritage, especially when heâ€™s around someone â€” his uncles, perhaps? â€” who can offer the fatherly guidance he lacks.
How aboutÂ Jacob Hopkins, who is almost definitely looking for work since meeting the true death on True Blood? We already know he has the ability to be creepy, and his tendency to over-act may hinder him less in this role.
HEINRICH MANHEIMÂ |Â The Schrute siblingsâ€™ great uncle is charming, greedy, manipulativeâ€¦ and just may have had to spend time in Argentina following World War II, thanks to his German National Socialist roots. Oh, and he vows to kill Dwight by the end of the first episode.
Any great old character actor! Or Nick Offerman, 20 years from now. Uproxx.com suggests Ray Wise (a.k.a. Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks), and now I can’t get that image out of my head. I mean, LOOK AT HIM:
So yeah, those are my picks. What are yours?
(Via TV Line)