With Steve Carrell recently confirming that he will indeed be leaving the cast of NBC’s The Office last month, fans have been wondering about the future of the hit sitcom. While Steve insists that the show can continue to be successful without him, nobody who watches the show can really imagine The Office without Michael Scott.
Well, recently there has been a lot of talk about who may be stepping in to take Steve’s place and what story that character may have. While nothing has been confirmed as far as casting, there have been a few stars that are in the running.
Harvey Keitel, star of movies such as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, has been one name on the lips of The Office’s screenwriter and producer Paul Lieberstein (who also plays Michael Scott’s arch nemesis, Toby).
Paul recently told E! News, “He’s probably the only guy who can do it, and he’s doing TV now.” He went on to say, “I haven’t started any talks with his people, but Harvey would do a great job – a very different energy.”
Keitel is best known for his movie roles where he plays the tough guy and is appearing in the newest Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro comedy, Little Fockers, which releases December 22nd in theaters nationwide.
Another name reportedly in the running is Danny McBride.
Danny has appeared in films such as Land of the Lost alongside Will Ferrell and Pineapple Express with Seth Rogan and James Franco.
Although no comments have been made regarding whether or not Danny is officially in talks with the shows producers or not, we have it on good authority that McBride is being considered for Carrell’s replacement.
Danny has a few projects in the works right now for next year, so even if he doesn’t join the cast of The Office, no worries! We’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the future!
There have also been rumors floating about that HBO’s The Flight of the Conchords’ Rhys Darby may be stepping in.
Although like Keitel and McBride, Rhys hasn’t been officially listed as a possible replacement for the show, there has been a lot of talk around town. Paul Lieberstein has been careful to not name any stars.
In addition to playing Murray Hewitt on HBO’s The Flight of the Conchords, Darby has also appeared in the movie Yes Man with Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel and has a few projects coming up within the next year that we can look forward to.
One little tidbit we have been able to get on the future of The Office is that of the story of the new leading character. According to Lieberstein, the new character will be “an old salesman who thought he could retire and the stock market went down, and he has to come out of retirement to work for a few years,” Liberstein said, adding: “We don’t want to bring in another Michael, having someone play a very similar character, because we have such a high regard for Steve.”
So what did Paul have to say about Steve leaving the show?
“The sad part is obvious,” Lieberstein said. “But it’s exciting because we get a chance to change this character. We get to have him grow in a way that we could never do if we wanted him to stay for years. And we get to end this season differently than we started.”
So what do you think Celebstalkers? How do you think The Office will do without Michael Scott? Who do you think would be best in the new role?