'The Office' Spinoff Casts Dwight's Brother

Thomas Middleditch Rainn Wilson Office Episodic Split - H 2012
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Thomas Middleditch Rainn Wilson Office Episodic Split - H 2012

The Office has cast Dwight's brother, Jeb.

College Humor breakout Thomas Middleditch will play Jeb Schrute, a happy-go-lucky guy who's excited but not capable, motivated but lacking follow through in the potential Office spinoff The Farm, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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The project centers on Dwight (Rainn Wilson) as a beet farmer running a bed and breakfast inn and is being approached as a potential back-door pilot slated to run as an episode of the long-running NBC series in the fall.

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Middleditch joins Majandra Delfino (Roswell) as Dwight's younger sister, Frannie, and Blake Garrett as his nephew, Cameron.

While Jeb has tried several different career paths -- worm farmer, Bigfoot hunter, Army farmer and now running a successful pot farm in Northern California -- he lacks Dwight's sense of principle, hierarchy and work ethic. He's also said to have made his own exercise video of things you can do with a knife and canoe (naturally!). 

Should the Farm be ordered to series, Middleditch would be a series regular.

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Repped by WME, Kirsten Ames Management and Schreck Rose, Upright Citizen's Brigade alum Middleditch's credits also include features The Campaign and Beavis and Butt-Head.

The Office will end its run following its upcoming ninth season. The Office returns at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, on NBC.

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