'Breaking Bad' Star Aaron Paul Joins Adaptation of 'Long Way Down'
by Ethan Anderton
August 13, 2012
On the small screen, Aaron Paul has been enjoying a great amount of success on "Breaking Bad," but hasn't really had a huge role on the big screen. Later this year he'll show of some solid supporting chops alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed (coming this October), and now he's landed a starring role in Long Way Down, an adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel of the same name. British TV writer Jack Thorne (of "Skins" and "Cast Offs") is adapting the book which follows four people who plan to commit suicide by jumping off a building on New Year's Eve, but become friends with each other before the jump.
Paul joins Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots as the other people looking to leap to their death. Deadlin says Paul's character is a pizza delivery man while Brosnan is playing embattled television talk show host, Poots portrays a teenage girl and Collette takes the role of the mother of a disabled boy. Will this new friendship be enough to stop each of them from taking the plunge? The book sounds pretty powerful as it has character "confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality" in a story bringing light to "connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances."
French filmmaker Paschal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker) is directing this wholly promising film, which we're looking forward to with great interest. Hornby's novels have made for solid film adaptations including High Fidelity and About a Boy, two of the finer films in the careers of John Cusack and High Grant respectively. Perhaps that means Pierce Brosnan could get a little career boost? With a filmmaker like Chaumeil at the helm, it certainly sounds like a solid drama.