Harvey Keitel to replace Steve Carell in The Office?

The casting of Steve Carell’s replacement on The Office is becoming as drawn out as those for Captain America, Spider-Man and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The names Rhys Darby, Kathy Bates and Danny McBride have already being thrown around, and we now have another actor for your consideration: Harvey Keitel.

Executive producer Paul Lieberstein told E! Online his desire for the Bad Lieutenant to take over the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin when Carell’s Michael Scott leaves at the end of next year.

“He’s probably the only guy who can do it, and he’s doing TV now…I haven’t started any talks with his people, but Harvey would do a great job—a very different energy…And we don’t want to bring in another Michael, having someone play a very similar character because we have such a high regard for Steve.”

It goes without saying that Keitel is a fine actor; one with a devilish sense of humour that we rarely get to see in action. We likely won’t know of Carell’s replacement until the end of next season. That is, unless the new character is introduced before his exit. Might be a nice way of smoothing the transition.

Discuss: Do you see Keitel as an office manager?

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