‘Breaking Bad’ Star Giancarlo Esposito Cast In J.J. Abrams’ NBC Pilot

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 25th, 2013 at 8:58 am,

Breaking Bad’s favorite owner of Los Pollos Hermanos, actor Giancarlo Esposito, has landed a role in the new J.J. Abrams’s post-apocalyptic pilot, Revolution.

According to the series description, Revolution centers around a group of survivors as they struggle to reunite with disconnected love ones and adjust to a world falling apart after all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist. Esposito will portray Lt. Neville, a tough but deceptively gentle southern military man, who may not be all he appears.

The NBC pilot will team Lost and Fringe creator J.J. Abrams with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is also attached to direct the Warner Bros. Television project, with Bryan Burk (Alcatraz, Person of Interest) executive producing.

Despite having a reoccurring split role on ABC’s storybook drama Once Upon a Time (as both reporter Sidney Glass and The Evil Queen‘s wicked toady, the Magic Mirror), Esposito is probably be best known as Gus Fring from AMC’s Breaking Bad. The actor also recently booked a guest spot on the NBC comedy, Community.

Currently, not too much is known about Revolution, including what kind of plot device will be used to wipe all the world’s energy out of existence, but the series has revealed a few tidbits on its additional characters. Joining Giancarlo Esposito in the pilot will be young actress Tracy Spiridakos (Psych, Being Human ), newcomer Graham Rogers and Australian actress Anna Lise Phillips (Home and Away). Philips’ character still remains a mystery, but Spiridakos will play Charlie, who is simply described as “a warrior,” while Rogers will play Danny Matheson, a “cunning hunter.”

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With lauded roles on Breaking Bad and Once Upon a Time under his belt, playing another character with a dual personality seems right up Esposito’s alley. What fate Esposito’s fairytale character on Once Upon a Time will receive if NBC’s Revolution is picked up is still up in the air. As ABC’s highest-rated drama this season, debuting with 13 million viewers, the fantasy drama may be a safe place for Esposito to stay put. Not to mention: breaking Mr. Magic Mirror might cause a different set of problems for Once Upon a Time than just seven years bad luck.

Expect to hear NBC‘s decision on J.J. Abrams’s Revolution this May.

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Nice.

    Now make a thread for ‘Only God Forgive’. New news about the plot is out.

    • Where is this new info about the plot??

      • Look it up, bruh.

        The new info on the film:
        Cliff Martinez is doing the score for the film, new details about the plot and who will be distributing the film. Also a first look of Ryan Gosling in the film.

  2. NO dammit! I really like him in Once Upon a Time. What has happened to commitment now a days? Unless he has already been given his walking papers he should not be agreeing to sign onto another project.

    • As stated in the article, he’s only recurring on OUAT. Can’t blame the guy for wanting a starring role, front and centre on another show.

  3. The premise of this show sounds very similar to the book “Dies The Fire” by S.M. Stirling. Any tie-ins or just coincidence?

    • I too believe there is some intellectual pilfering afoot here. SM has produced 8 novels to date with 2 more at least in the works.

  4. I’m happy to see Buggin Out get some love outside of Sal’s Pizzeria. Maybe now he’ll put some brothas on da wall.

  5. I haven’t noticed where his role on OUAT is so large that he couldn’t balance both series. Other actors have done just that in the past.

  6. Sounds like the plot device used by SM Sterling in his Emberverse Series which are post-apocalyptic alternate history novels. The novels depict the events following “The Change”, which caused electricity, guns, explosives, internal combustion engines, and steam power to stop working

  7. The NBC pilot will team Lost and Fringe creator J.J. Abrams with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is also attached to direct the Warner Bros. Television project, with Bryan Burk (Alcatraz, Person of Interest) executive producing.

    This got me interested :D
    Can’t wait to see what this turns in to.

  8. My husband and I’ll be watching Revolution primarily because of Giancarlo Esposito who we loved as Gus(tavo) Fring in Breaking Bad. He created one of the best, most iconic, interesting and complex characters in the history of television, and he deserves to win Best Supporting Actor Emmy this year (as does Aaron Paul – in an ideal world, they’d tie and both of them would win the award!). I wish the Emmys had a category for Best Ensemble/Cast – Drama or Comedy. If so, the terrific actors in Breaking Bad’s distinguished cast including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, Bob Odenkirk, Dean Norris, Jonathon Banks, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte and the show’s amazing creator/showrunner/creator/director, Vince Gilligan, would surely sweep the Primetime Drama awards this year for their work in Breaking Bad’s stunning Season Four.