By Lynette Rice
Updated January 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM EST
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Way to crush our world, Dwight! The Office’s Rainn Wilson set EW straight on Will Ferrell’s much-anticipated appearance later this season. (Ferrell will reunite with his Anchorman co-star Steve Carell in a four-episode arc as a branch manager who arrives from the home office and proves to be just as inept as Michael Scott.) “Will is coming in as a possible boss but everyone knows he is not going to stay because he makes $20 million a film,” Wilson told EW exclusively while walking the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. “He’s got other fish to fry. He called us up. He called the producers and said ‘I heard Steve’s leaving and I would like to be a part of his exit some how. I’d like to be there for it.’ So they were like, ‘Hell’s yeah!’ I think it will be great because Will’s sense of humor is very much in line with our show’s sense of humor.”

Though NBC hasn’t officially confirmed Carell’s departure date, word has leaked that he’ll say goodbye with four episodes left to go in the season. “I think the show is going to need to change what it is to succeed,” Wilson conceded. “Losing Steve is big. Not having Michael Scott around will change the dynamic and the show and I think we will need to change in order to not have the audience feel that void every week. I think it will be interesting to see what happens. I think it will be forced to become even more of an ensemble show. I think we will have more interesting arcs with guest stars.”

So what’s in store for Dwight? “I hear that Angela’s boyfriend the senator may not be all he is cracked up to be, and maybe that will open the door for a Dwight and Angela reunion,” Wilson said. “Holly is leaving again soon. But it has been strange this year with them planning for Michael’s exit. The pace is much more frenetic and things keep getting adjusted and changed and we are only working a few weeks in advance now. The ground is shifting so rapidly. Interesting times at Dunder Mifflin.” (Reporting by Carrie Bell)


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  • PG-13
  • 96 minutes
  • Woody Allen