Bryan Cranston Gets Small Role in Marc Forster's 'World War Z' Movie

August 5, 2011
Source: THR

Bryan Cranston

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.

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i've been a big fan of BC ever since he was a dentist on seinfeld..........but especially his portrayal of the dad on "malcolm in the middle". of course i he's great in breaking bad too.

Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011


I didn't realize the character's name was the same as the author. Or maybe they just did that for the movie?

Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011


Nah it's from the book - straight from wikipedia: "Through a series of oral interviews, Brooks, as an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, describes the history of 'World War Z'." And the film page says "Brad Pitt as Max Brooks, an author who scours the world collecting..." Though oddly imdb has him listed as 'Gerry Lane' - so who really knows?

Alex Billington on Aug 6, 2011


i found out that the zombies in this will be cgi. major thumbs down.

penfold on Aug 6, 2011


Really? Yeaht, that kind of sucks. Zombies are really easy to do using real actors, and must be cheaper too.

Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011


that's not good news...........hopefully we won't have a repeat of the "i am legend" cgi zombies - those were really poorly done.

Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011


The zombies in the book are your typical Romero-Zombies. Slow, powerful, biting zombies. But still, it all comes to down to what they will include in the movie. The book features several big action scenes, really enormous set-pieces. Think Lord of the Rings. If they can find a way to make it look like LotR and involve live-action and enhance and enlarge those performances with CGI, this could work. If they don't include any actors with make-up, I'll rage. It's a zombie movie, after all, goddangit.

reeft on Aug 7, 2011


thanks for the info! i hope they can pull this off. and like you say - "it's a zombie movie, goddangit - there NEEDS to be actors with make-up"!!

Anonymous on Aug 7, 2011


You probably already looked, but in the pictures provided by the link to the set photos above, one photo has a few downed zombies lying on the ground. So I think any cgi used will be for subtle enhancement and/or mass hordes, like LosZombies suggested. Crossing my fingers anyway.

grimjob on Aug 8, 2011


Proof? If anything I feel that if there ARE any CGI zombies, it'll most likely be for maybe a mass horde of Stenches. Like the chapter in India, not gonna say what happens for those who haven't read it, but thats a perfect example :p But if they are "I Am Legend" CGI, then ya, I'd throw a huge fucking fit.

Anonymous on Aug 8, 2011


I Guess he will be the south african who create the plan to deal with the zombies...

Nuno Lopes on Aug 6, 2011


Yup, guessed that too. He is the PERFECT Redeker. Like, seriously. He is perfect for that role and the coldness of it and all. He will steal that scene and will play Pitt to the ground. Can't wait to see it.

reeft on Aug 7, 2011


The cast keeps getting better, but Marc Forster's involvement still has me worried.

Craig on Aug 6, 2011


I hadn't realised Marc Forster's directing this. Shit. Quantum of Solace could not have been more poorly handled. No, I don't think I'm exaggerating.  Shit.

SV7 on Aug 7, 2011


So who would you rather have directing this instead? Any other realistic ideas that aren't too crazy (like Spielberg or Cameron or Zemeckis)?

Alex Billington on Aug 8, 2011


How about Brett Ratn.. Aaaahahahahaha! Ohhh, couldn't do it.

grimjob on Aug 9, 2011


I loved this book. Going to read it again. I was really impressed when I read how Pitt fought to keep this project alive. Hope they don't eff this up.    If anyone's interested and hasn't read David Wellington's zombie trilogy, you should definitely check them out. A different take on zombie lore for sure, but still a truly engrossing story. Couldn't put them down.

grimjob on Aug 8, 2011

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