According to Deadline, Ferrell has signed on for a four-episode arc. Although NBC hasn't said when his episodes will air, it has confirmed that he "has committed to one episode beyond Carell's finale, to help create a bridge."
Ferrell, who's a big fan of 'The Office,' apparently called up the producers and offered his services as a way of commemorating his good buddy Carell's departure. He'll play a Dunder Mifflin branch manager from the home office who, according to NBC, is "just as inappropriate" as Steve Carell's Michael Scott character.
Could his character be leading the search for Scott's replacement? Or could he be Scott's replacement?
Ferrell launched his TV career in the mid-1990s on NBC with 'Saturday Night Live,' and although he's since gone on to movie stardom he still makes regular forays back to the small screen. He's recently guest-starred in series such as '30 Rock' and HBO's 'Eastbound & Down,' which he also produces.
Speaking about Ferrell's casting, 'The Office' exec producer Paul Lieberstein (aka Michael Scott's arch-nemesis Toby Flenderson) joked, "We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star ... 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."
Ferrell's obnoxious manager won't be the only Dunder Mifflin exec marking Scott's departure. Watch out for Slough's most oblivious boss, Wernham Hogg general manager David Brent, in tonight's episode. 'Office' co-creator Ricky Gervais will reportedly reprise his role as the hapless Brent in a small cameo, during a scene with Michael Scott.