Rainn Wilson has signed on to star in CBS' upcoming adaptation of Leif G.W. Persson detective novels Backstrom.

The comedian will star as Detective Everett Backstrom, who is described as an overweight officer that is trying to change his self-hating ways. He is brought back from disgrace to lead Portland's newly formed Special Crimes Group, which is made up of an elite team of detectives.

Rainn Wilson is best known for his long run on the hit comedy series The Office. Hart Hanson is adapting and producing with Niclas Salomonsson.

No production schedule has been released.

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