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Looks like Pam Beesly just got a hall pass from her office job.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'The Office''s Jenna Fischer will star opposite Owen Wilson in Bobby and Peter Farrelly's upcoming comedy 'Hall Pass'. Fischer will play a wife who grants her husband (Wilson) a coveted "free pass" to try out other women, setting off a trend among their married friends (among them 'Saturday Night Live''s Jason Sudeikis) to strike similar deals, all of which lead, of course, to only one thing: hilarity.

Though she's helmed some independent efforts in the past ('LolliLove') and had memorable supporting roles in recent years ('Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story', 'Blades of Glory'), this will be Fischer's first starring role in a big-budget flick, following in the footsteps of her 'Office' castmates who have since tried their luck on the big screen.

Which got us thinking: how has our favorite at-work ensemble fared once they've stepped out of 'The Office'? Let's take a look at the hits, the misses, and what films are on tap in the future for our favorite TV cubicle dwellers. Looks like Pam Beesly just got a hall pass from her office job.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'The Office''s Jenna Fischer will star opposite Owen Wilson in Bobby and Peter Farrelly's upcoming comedy 'Hall Pass'. Fischer will play a wife who grants her husband (Wilson) a coveted "free pass" to try out other women, setting off a trend among their married friends (among them 'Saturday Night Live''s Jason Sudeikis) to strike similar deals, all of which lead, of course, to only one thing: hilarity.

Though she's helmed some independent efforts in the past ('LolliLove') and had memorable supporting roles in recent years ('Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story', 'Blades of Glory'), this will be Fischer's first starring role in a big-budget flick, following in the footsteps of her 'Office' castmates who have since tried their luck on the big screen.

Which got us thinking: how has our favorite at-work ensemble fared once they've stepped out of 'The Office'? Let's take a look at the hits, the misses, and what films are on tap in the future for our favorite TV cubicle dwellers.

John Krasinski
After some forgettable supporting roles in films like 'The Holiday' and the dreadful 'License to Wed,' Krasinski's been hard at work with projects that cast him as the anti-Jim Halpert. He appeared as a spry (if dull) football star opposite George Clooney in the period comedy 'Leatherheads' in 2008. The following year, he showed off his more bookish side, starring in the Dave Eggers-penned 'Away We Go' and unveiling his directorial debut, an adaptation of the late David Foster Wallace's 'Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.' Though both films garnered mixed reviews, his well-received role as a worried son-in-law in 'It's Complicated' proves its only a matter of time until Krasinski hits his groove.

Rainn Wilson
Fans of HBO's 'Six Feet Under' knew the pre-Schrute Wilson as the sweet, bizarre embalmer Arthur Martin. But aside from a hilarious hosting stint on 'Saturday Night Live' in 2008 --"This is no time for joking, gigantic turkey sub!" -- and an underrated role as a forgotten drum god in the otherwise-spotty comedy 'The Rocker,' Wilson has struggled to find a project that properly showcases his offbeat, manic wit. 'Juno' came close. 'The Last Mimsy'? Not so much. However, the upcoming, highly anticipated 'Super' -- which reunites Wilson with his 'Juno' co-star Ellen Page as mere mortals who hatch a plan to become superheroes -- might just be the perfect fit.

BJ NovakB.J. Novak
Its been interesting to watch how Novak makes his transition to film. He's perfect as 'The Office''s most loathed character, the corrupt, vindictive Ryan Howard, and many of his film roles have been tiny extensions of that biting, slimy persona: a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance as an inappropriate OBGYN in 'Knocked Up,' an equally small role as a desk clerk in the clunker 'Unaccompanied Minors.' We had hopes that Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' might show a more serious, ass-kicking Novak as PFC Smithson Utivich, but those scenes seemed to have been left on the cutting room floor. Ah, well. There's always the prequel?


Ed Helms
When he joined the cast of 'The Office' as "the 'Nard Dog" Andy Bernard in 2006, Helms seemed to be the poor man's Steve Carrell. Both were former 'Daily Show' anchors, both from the uptight-guy-does-improv school of comedy. But Helms has carved out a unique and hilarious space for himself on the show, just as he has in the movies. After bit roles in 'Semi-Pro,' 'Evan Almighty', and the underrated short comedy 'Zombie-American,' Helms hit it big last summer with a heartfelt, riotous performance as 'The Hangover''s spineless, toothless Stu Price.

Steve Carell
Carell has easily enjoyed the most cross-over success of the 'Office' crew, in part because his breakout film role as 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' coincided serendipitously with his breakout TV role as Michael Scott when 'The Office' premiered in 2005. Carell has had a steady film career since, winning raves for his restrained roles in 'Little Miss Sunshine' and 'Dan In Real Life'. While his more recent, higher-profile projects ('Get Smart'; 'Evan Almighty') have been hit-or-miss, this summer's animated 'Despicable Me' and the Tina Fey comedy 'Date Night' could be a welcome return to form for Brick Tamland.