Steve Carell leaves 'Office,' joins 'Wolfs'

NBC-TV, the US network that airs The Office, confirmed that Steve Carell ( Date Night, Despicable Me) will leave the show after this upcoming season when his contract expires.

His character Michael Scott will resign from his position in The Office, the show created by British actor Ricky Gervais and popular around the world. Carell may make return guest appearances.

The comedic star of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the upcoming Dinner for Schmucks, hitting North American theaters this weekend, has successfully launched a film acting career. His last two films made $328 million at the box office.

Carell has signed on to star in - and produce through his company, Carousel Productions - Raised by Wolfs. The incorrect spelling of 'Wolfs' (instead of Wolves) refers to the character's name.

His next film, Crazy, Stupid, Love, with Emma Stone ( Zombieland and upcoming Easy A), Julianne Moore ( The Kids Are Alright), Marisa Tomei ( Cyrus) and Kevin Bacon ( Frost/Nixon) is due in April 2011. He has several projects in development including Mail-Order Groom and a possible Get Smart 2.