Tonight sees what can only be described as the end of an era. After five years, seven Emmys and more blue meth, breakfast and bitches than you can shake a stick at, Breaking Bad, the most acclaimed of all the shows in the ‘Golden Age of Television’ is airing its final episode tonight. It’s hard to say what we all should do with our lives from this point on. Go outdoors? Watch Low Winter Sun? Both sound like scary, disappointing prospects. For the people who are actually involved with the show and whose lives therefore have meaning the rest of us can only dream of, the future looks bright. The spinoff, Better Call Saul is still to come, and the credibility having Breaking Bad on your C.V. affords you will ensure that the directors, writers and actors have plenty of work over the next few years. To honour the end of what could arguably be the greatest television series of all time, and one of the strongest weapons in television's fight with cinema over which is the superior medium, here is a look at upcoming film projects you can see some of the stars of Breaking Bad appear in.
Okay, it’s a slightly weak premise for an article, but think of the page hits people!
Dean Norris: The Counselor
ASAC Schrader, perhaps feeling that his new television show about a town trapped under a dome (The creatively titled Under the Dome) was too big of a step away from the familiar, will have a small role in The Counselor, a story about selling drugs and making bad decisions. Like a comfort blanket. The film certainly has a lot of pedigree behind it; boasting Cormac McCarthy as screenwriter, Ridley Scott as director and a cast of Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and…Cameron Diaz..well the others are still pretty good, right? Feast your eyes on this trailer, which features Norris for about two seconds. Look, there’s even a barrel! It’s just like old times!
Aaron Paul: Need For Speed
Now I know that Jesse Pinkman is a fictional character. I know Aaron Paul is not actually Jesse Pinkman. I know that. But the fact that his next film is going to be a video game adaptation, which usually end up being terrible does fall in line with the universal rule that Only Bad Things Happen To Jesse. Yes, it’s the Need For Speed movie nobody was asking for, with Aaron Paul playing the guy who drives the car really fast, with a supporting cast of explosions and cars. It doesn’t exactly look stellar, but who knows, it could well be the same level of goofy fun that the Fast and Furious movies stumbled ass backwards into.
RJ Mitte: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Well, no, but it had to be said.
Bryan Cranston: Godzilla
Bryan Cranston has been working more or less non-stop in movies for the last few years, deservedly benefitting from a meteoric rise in prominence afforded to him for his stellar work with the character Walter White. Now he gets to sit back and rake in some of that sweet movie franchise money. There are rumours that Cranston has been cast as Lex Luthor in some of the upcoming DC movies. Sceptical though I am about that particular series, it would be a potentially great move if true, we’ve all seen over the last few years how good Cranston is at playing a man twisted by his pride, greed and overriding sense of superiority over others, but the man himself has downplayed the talk. Much more set in stone is his appearance in this Godzilla reboot, a second stab at getting an American ‘Zilla movie right. Cranston, sadly, will not be playing the titular monster, but will be one of the leads as a scientist. You can watch Godzilla some time next year, provided you don’t die of a heart attack watching the Breaking Bad finale tonight.
P.S. I didn’t want this to be all about the men of the show, but as far as I can see there are no upcoming film projects in the works for Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt or Laura Fraser. Still, they all do great acting on the show so I thought I’d throw them some appreciation here. Maybe you could check out Brandt on Michael J. Fox’s new sitcom? It’s supposed to be okay?