Bryan Cranston Continues His Hollywood Domination with Two New Roles
Posted 06.30.11 by Ryan
Bryan Cranston used to be known as "the dad from Malcolm in the Middle" before he was cast in AMC's Breaking Bad, won three Emmys, and became Hollywood's latest go-to character actor (take a seat, Mark Strong).
In 2011 alone, Cranston has appeared as a detective in March's The Lincoln Lawyer, as a high school principal's husband in the drama Detachment (which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April), and will appear as Julia Roberts' lousy husband in this weekend's Larry Crowne. He also has a role in September's action thriller Drive. All that in addition to a fourth season of the excellent Breaking Bad.
He'll be equally visible in 2012. Cranston has already shot roles in the George Lucas–produced, World War II biopic Red Tails (which may finally see release in early 2012) and the sci-fi epic John Carter. He's also lined up roles as the villain in the Total Recall remake and as the mayor of Los Angeles in Rock of Ages. Now Cranston has added two more roles as well.
Variety reports that Cranston has joined the cast of Warner Bros.' period police drama Gangster Squad as Max Kennard, an LAPD officer who "enforces the law ambitiously." Cranston joins Josh Brolin, his Drive co-star Ryan Gosling, Michael Pena, and Anthony Mackie as part of an elite LAPD squad in the 1940s who worked to rid the city of East Coast mafia-types like Mickey Cohen (played by Sean Penn).
Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Thirty Minutes or Less) is directing the movie, written by former Los Angeles Police Dept. officer Will Beall and based on a series of LA Times articles called "Tales From the Gangster Squad" written by Paul Lieberman. Production begins in September.
According to a separate Variety piece, Cranston was also cast in Argo, another Warner Bros. movie based on real events. Ben Affleck is directing and, conveniently, "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran" and dramatizes the CIA's rescue attempt of six American diplomats during the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Cranston will play CIA agent Jack O'Donnell, who in all likelihood will help plan the rescue along with Affleck. Alan Arkin and John Goodman also star.
Argo is only in the casting phase but supposedly will shoot sometime in late summer/fall, a scheduling move that forced Affleck to drop out of director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby. That could be a bit of a scheduling crunch for Cranston but clearly he's used to it.