The Dunder Mifflin tables have finally turned: After nearly a decade of Steve Carell playing John Krasinski’s lovably horrible boss on the NBC smash hit comedy The Office (and nearly a second decade since the beloved series aired its finale back in 2013), Krasinski will finally have the chance to flip the script. That’s right, Krasinski has cast Carell to star in If, a family film he will be directing for Paramount.
Little is known about the film at this time, but Deadline, who first reported the casting announcement, has said that Krasinski described it as being “about a child’s journey to rediscover their imagination.” Krasinski, who also developed the idea for the film, posted about the exciting casting news on Twitter yesterday in a tweet that read, “Ah, what if one day I could assemble my dream cast? What… IF.”
As you can see from the social media post, Steve Carell is not the only star joining Krasinski for IF. Also on board are Ryan Reynolds, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr., Fiona Shaw, Alan Kim (Minari), and Cailey Fleming (The Walking Dead).
Krasinski has made a name for himself as a filmmaker since we last saw him as Jim Halpert on The Office. His second film behind the camera, 2016’s The Hollars, premiered on the closing night of Sundance, and he has since scored two huge global hits with his A Quiet Place films, launching an original franchise in an era where that rarely happens. IF will be Krasinski’s fifth film as director, and it’s aiming for a Thanksgiving 2023 release.