While it always seems as if there are never enough details about the most anticipated projects, we know a comparatively large amount of information about Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, the cast, and which stars from the original series may make another appearance. What we don't know, however, is which new characters will join Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman and Jonathan Banks' Mike Ehrmantraut to populate the surely seedy world that this prequel will project. That is until now.
According to a new report, the show, which is being supervised by former Breaking Bad writer and producer Peter Gould with Vince Gilligan on board as an executive producer, is looking to cast six new roles - Burt, Dr. Thurber, Beth, Eddie, and Zak and Luke. What's in a name? Not much, and sadly that's a pretty accurate description of the information that is available on these characters so far.
Here's a bit from Showbiz 411's report on what we can expect out of these characters.
"Burt is described as a “Kennedy” type lawyer in a white-shoe law firm. Dr. Thurber and Beth are also supposed to be lawyers. Eddie is a career criminal, a cool guy who speaks Spanish. Zak and Luke are skateboarding twins around 20 years old."
Again, not a lot to go on. Is Burt a frequent legal adversary of Saul's? Might Eddie become one of Mike's guys since we still don't yet know if Huell will be back? We don't even know if these will be major characters or simple pilot fodder for a show that could spend a bit of time in the court room - necessitating a few one-off guest stars.
Speaking of guest stars, while the last report had Aaron Paul in "serious talks" with producers we still haven't heard anything worth passing on with regard to Bryan Cranston's possible return to Albuquerque, though part of that may be that Cranston is too busy. According to The New York Times, the actor - who will next be seen in Godzilla - has decided to write a book about his life and specifically his years in the fictional empire business over on Breaking Bad.
According to Cranston's statement, he will:
“Tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting ‘Breaking Bad’.”
Sounds juicy, but tell-all books usually emanate from the mouths of has-beens and Cranston isn't that at this point. One does wonder if this is just initial buzz and if the book will be a lot more personal and reflective on his journey from character actor to sitcom dad to scrambling father/drug kingpin on Breaking Bad but only time will tell. Besides, the book's planned release is in the fall of 2015, which means that there is a lot of time for Cranston to stay relevant with new roles and maybe, one day, a return to Walter White on Better Call Saul, because if nothing else, it'll sure help book sales.
Better Call Saul is expected to begin airing November 2014 on AMC