The Hollywood Reporter claims that Bates is in final talks to play a curmudgeonly former patent lawyer. How badly does Kelley want Bates to play the part? Well, it was originally written for a man, Harry Korn, but is being reworked for the talented actress who appeared on an episode of Kelley's legal hit "LA Law."
Oscar viewers just got a strong reminder of Bates' acting ability when the horror montage showed her slamming James Caan's foot with a sledgehammer from Stephen King's famed movie "Misery." She also had a recurring role on NBC's "The Office," playing Jo Bennett, the Marge Schott-inspired new owner of Dunder-Mifflin.