'The Office's Rainn Wilson Lines Up Next Gig as CBS' 'Backstrom'

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There can be no stopping 'The Office's May 16 series finale, particularly now that NBC's aborted Dwight Schrute-centric spin-off "The Farm" has come and gone. As such, series star Rainn Wilson has officially begun lining up his post-'Office' (heh) future, taking the role of an unorthodox cop in upcoming CBS drama pilot 'Backstrom.' Will Rainn Wilson's new role be enough to distinguish him from the role of Dwight Schrute? Find out all about 'Backstrom' inside!

Not a full week after 'The Office' held its series wrap party, and Rainn Wilson already has a mind toward the future. Outlets are reporting that the longtime portrayer of Dunder-Mifflin stalwart Dwight Schrute has been signed for the lead role of CBS drama 'Backstrom,' developed by 'Bones' show-runner Hart Hanson.

The new series would see Wilson as the title character, an “overweight, offensive and irascible” police detective who tries and more-often fails to make a change to his pattern of self-destructive behavior. The new drama is based on a Swedish book series by Leif G.W. Persson, and features a cast that includes '24's Dennis Haysbert as Detective John Almond, Kristoffer Polaha as forensics unit boss Sgt. Peter Niedermayer and Beatrice Rosen as Nadia, a foreign-born civilian who supports the detectives in the Special Crimes Group.

Well, what say you? Do you think Rainn Wilson can find success with a new role so quickly after 'The Office' ends? Where would you like to see the Dunder-Mifflin alum end up?

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