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No matter how closely you follow The Office, it's still tough to picture Dwight Schrute's (Rainn Wilson) family. No doubt his coworker Jim Halpert (John Krazinski) has spent many a working hour attempting to. Where does Dwight get his ultra-bizarre life views?
Well, Jim may or may not ever meet the Schrute clan, but next season, Office viewers will. Some time during season 9, we'll get a sneak peek at The Farm, the prospective spin-off that focuses on the Schrute family's beet farm/bed and breakfast.
And TVLine has obtained the casting rundown describing the major characters. Here it is...
Fannie Schrute: Attractive, urban and in her late 20s/early 30s, Dwight'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 "a bit of a pseudo-intellectual lefty" with an ironic sense of humor and a great heart.
Jeb Schrute: Dwight’s easygoing thirtysomething brother hasn’t done well in any of the career paths he’s followed – worm breeder and Bigfoot hunter among them — but has found some success with a pot farm. He’s got none of Dwight’s dedication or work ethic, but he has made an exercise video about things you can do with a knife and a canoe. (We like him already.)
Cameron Whitman: Dwight's smart and slightly weird 9-year-old nephew (Fannie’s son) is a cosmopolitan lad who nevertheless feels the pull of his Schrute heritage, especially when he’s around someone — his uncles, perhaps? — who can offer the fatherly guidance he lacks.
Heinrich Manheim: The Schrute siblings' great uncle is charming, greedy, manipulative... 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.
It seems likely that Dwight's very bizarre cousin Mose (Office co-executive producer Michael Schur) will make an occasional appearance, too, though there's no official word on that. And there's no word, either, about who'll play the other unique roles. The Office ensemble began as a group of unknowns, and it's possible that The Farm will use that tactic as well. But if the show does go in for some big names, which stars would make a good fit?
For the "pseudo-intellectual" lefty Fannie, Christina Ricci might be a good bet. She plays snarky with aplomb, and now that Pan Am's been canceled, she may have some time on her hands!
The slightly unhinged Jeb Shrute role sounds tailor-made for Zach Galifianakis. It's not hard to imagine him delving into worm farming and Bigfoot hunting as worthwhile career pursuits.
As for the wacky Uncle Manheim, John Lithgow could probably nail that character's mix of charm and greed.