If you thought that Ricky Gervais’ upcoming cameo in "The Office" was the only surprise the producers had in store for this season, then think again.
Earlier today, Deadline broke the story that Will Ferrell has signed a deal to appear in a four episode arc of "The Office." According to the report, Ferrell will play a branch manager from the home office of Dunder Miffflin who can match Steve Carell’s Michael Scott in his clueless ineptitude.
The deal was reportedly instigated by Ferrell himself, who reached out to "The Office" producers to get a part in the storyline that will end Michael Scott’s tenure at Dunder Miffflin. Ferrell will also be sticking around for at least one episode after Carell’s departure to act as a bridge to the new manager.
Ferrell previously co-starred with Carell in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and he is best known for his appearances in several feature films like "Elf," "Old School," "Talladega Nights," "Stranger than Fiction" and "The Other Guys." Ferrell was also a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" for several seasons.
"We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star,” joked "Office" executive producer Paul Lieberstein. “We are proud to continue ‘The Office’s’ tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality.”
NBC has not yet confirmed when Ferrell’s episodes will begin airing. However, the previously mentioned cameo of Gervais will be featured on this Thursday’s episode of "The Office." Although details of the scene have largely been kept under wraps, it is known that Carell’s Michael Scott will finally come face-to-face with Gervais’ David Brent, from the original U.K. version of "The Office."