Bryan Cranston Gets Small Role in Marc Forster's 'World War Z' Movie
Well this is just awesome. THR is reporting that "Breaking Bad" actor Bryan Cranston, who seems to be everyone's new favorite actor, is "in negotiations" for a part in Marc Forster's World War Z, the zombie apocalypse adaptation of Max Brooks' novel of the same name. The project is already in production at Paramount, and they've been shooting on location for the last month, with Brad Pitt starring in the lead role as UN representative Max Brooks. Cranston's role is said to be "small but notable" or "small but flashy", but details are being kept a secret for now. I'm sure he's playing a vital character in some part of the story.
World War Z follows agent of the UN Postwar Commission as he interviews survivors of the global zombie takeover known as World War Z. The book consists of a collection of anecdotal stories, and I'm assuming that Bryan Cranston might play a character in one of those. The screenplay was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski. The cast is also said to include Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Lucy Aharish and Elyes Gabel. I'm still just amazed that a full-on zombie movie starring Brad Pitt is even being made right now, and from the set photos I've seen, it's going to be pretty frickin' epic. I was curious to see if they'd fill up the cast of this with anyone else, and I'm glad that Cranston got a role in this, even if it's small.
Besides this role in World War Z, Cranston has been doing quite a bit of big screen work recently. He can be seen in Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive this fall, then Steven Soderbergh's Contagion and even George Lucas' Red Tails next January. He's also in Andrew Stanton's sci-fi John Carter, Adam Shankman's musical Rock of Ages, Len Wiseman's sci-fi Total Recall remake and Ben Affleck's political thriller Argo. Quite a lot on his plate, but that's fine with me, as Cranston is hell of an actor, it's great to see him in any movie and any role.