Bryan Cranston's Walter White and Giancarlo Esposito's Gustavo "Gus" Fring have their own power dynamic on AMC's Breaking Bad, but Cranston is definitely the film star on the rise in the real world. He's now looking to join Argo, the next project that will feature Ben Affleck working on both sides of the camera.
Esposito, by comparison, has primarily worked as a TV actor in legal/crime dramas (Law & Order, CSI: Miami) throughout his career. He'll do likewise with his next noteworthy appearance on the big screen, in the upcoming reboot I, Alex Cross.
Variety says that Cranston is very likely to join the cast of Argo, which will star Affleck as the head of a 1979 CIA operation to rescue six U.S. diplomats taken hostage in Iran - by pretending he and his associates are part of the crew producing a Hollywood production called "Argo". Alan Arkin and John Goodman are already onboard as members of the cast for the based-on-a-true-story project.
Summit Entertainment has confirmed that Esposito is the latest addition to the new Alex Cross movie, from director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx). Here is how the studio describes the film:
A reboot of the character made famous by Patterson's best-selling book series, "I, Alex Cross" follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry) as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.
The casting of Perry as a young Alex Cross left a number of fans reeling, especially since fan-favorite Idris Elba was originally set to portray the younger incarnation of the character - who was previously played onscreen by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Despite having some excellent actors like Esposito, Ed Burns, and Jean Reno set to play roles in the film, the combination of Perry as Detective Cross and Cohen directing has already convinced a lot of people that this is one franchise reboot to pass on.
Argo, by comparison, is shaping up to be yet another solid directorial effort from Affleck, between its fascinating source material and excellent casting. It should also be another good move for Cranston, who'll be playing supporting roles in several tentpole pics next year, including John Carter, Rock of Ages, and the Total Recall reboot. Cranston will also lend his voice to the upcoming animated version of Frank Miller's famous comic book, Batman: Year One.
Things don't always work out the way you expect, of course, so who knows - maybe at the end of the day, the casting of Perry in I, Alex Cross will prove to be as unexpectedly brilliant as, say, Michael Keaton as Batman. Likewise, it's possible that Argo won't come close to matching the quality of Affleck's first two films as a director (Gone Baby Gone and The Town). Color us skeptical about that scenario for now, though.
We'll keep you updated on the status of both Argo and I, Alex Cross - including, when either film has secured an official release date.
Source: Summit Entertainment, Variety