At this moment, the cast and crew of Breaking Bad are riding the high after a record-breaking series finale. They're hitting talk shows and conducting interviews, but behind the scenes they've been very busy so you won't have to wait long to see them in action again.
Depending upon the impending credit, they'll be dallying with drug trafficking, sex trafficking, the private school system, street racing and the presidency in varying forms of comedy and drama over the coming 15 months. Not all good things come to an end.
Series creator Vince Gilligan will begin work on Battle Creek, a new CBS drama about detectives from two different worlds partnered to clean up the streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. Gilligan will produce — and possibly direct — the new show, and he's chosen David Shore, creator of the long-running Fox hit House, as showrunner. Gilligan will also be working on the anticipated prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, about Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) as he was before becoming entangled with the likes of Walter White.
If you get there fast enough, you just may be able to catch Bryan Cranston in a stage production of All the Way where he takes on the role of former president Lyndon B. Johnson through Oct. 12 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As was previously announced, he's also reprising his role as Ted's (Josh Radnor) boss on the final season of How I Met Your Mother. He's playing a character described as cold, ruthless and unemotional in an independent thriller, Cold Comes the Night that was released abroad in September and is awaiting a U.S. premiere date and he will star in the 2014 release of Godzilla on the big screen.
Arguably the busiest of the team in his off time, Aaron Paul has three feature films in post production for release in 2014 and one still filming. He'll star opposite Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers) in Hellion, an indie flick "about a fractured family trying to hold it together in a small refinery town in Texas," according to Deadline. In A Long Way Down, Paul stars opposite Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher), Pierce Brosnan (Mama Mia!) , Toni Collette (Hostages) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) in a story about people who meet on New Year's Eve, become friends and help each other through life's difficulties. In Need for Speed, the movie most mentioned as Jesse took off in an El Camino after Walt set him free in "Felina," Paul plays a recently paroled street racer with revenge in mind who finds a bounty on his head as his big race begins. Finally, he'll star in Exodus, a Ridley Scott production in which he plays Joshua to Christian Bale's Moses, set for release just in time for Christmas 2014.
Anna Gunn's only known work at the moment is a television pilot titled Rita about an outspoken mother of three and private-school teacher who struggles to raise her own children while dealing with the bureaucracy and overprotective parents at the school where she works.
Dean Norris will be back for a second season of Under the Dome in 2014 as Big Jim Rennie. In the meantime, you can catch him with Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Javier Bardem (Skyfall), Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher) and Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) in the Ridley Scott crime thriller, The Counselor. He should feel at home in that one — it's about a lawyer in over his head when he gets involved with drug trafficking!
Betsy Brandt is currently starring opposite Michael J. Fox on the Michael J. Fox show as his wife, Annie Henry. Be sure to check out her lighter side and tune in Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.
RJ Mitte will star opposite sexy Zoe Bell (Django Unchained) in The Devil's Ink, to be released sometime in 2014. According to Dread Central, the film follows "a cast of bikers, gangsters and felons from the ink shop for which the film is named into the filthiest corners of corruption and depravity" after Bell's character finds her tattoo parlor the hotbed of a scandal involving dirty cops and sex trafficking and decides to make her retribution swift and violent. Mitte ought to feel right at home!
Jonathan Banks will be seen in several movies, the most notable of which will be a comedy slated for release in 2014 titled Authors Anonymous, about a group of dysfunctional, unpublished authors who accept one into their fold who suddenly becomes an overnight success. Also starring will be Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), Tricia Helfer (Burn Notice) and Chris Klein (American Pie).
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