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Scheduling Forces Bryan Cranston Out Of Ruben Fleischer’s ‘Gangster Squad’

Scheduling Forces Bryan Cranston Out Of Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'

There’s just not enough of Bryan Cranston to go around in Hollywood.

The triple Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad” star recently scored big with the double casting in Ben Affleck‘s “Argo” and Ruben Flesicher‘s talent-packed “Gangster Squad,” but it looks like some scheduling woes for the ever busy actor will force Cranston to withdraw from the latter project. “This is a bummer, I don’t think he’s going to be able to be in the movie,” ‘Gangster’ helmer Ruben Fleischer told BlackBook. “He got offered ‘Argo,’ and we were hoping he would be able to do ‘Argo’ and then do our film, but it doesn’t look that way. Everybody wants a piece of Bryan now. He’s the belle of the ball.” That he is certainly is.

Cranston was set play Max Kennard, a Texas transplant to the LAPD with his own brand of justice — a character who was even a favorite of the project’s own screenwriter Will Beall, who had previously tweeted that “Cranston’s rad and Max Kennard might be my favorite member of the squad. So I’m stoked.” It’s a real shame we won’t get to see Cranston feature along side Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie and Michael Pena — all of whom will star in the adaptation of Paul Lieberman’s L.A Times articles about a specialized L.A.P.D. unit set up in the ‘40s to fight the growing influence of the East Coast Mafia, namely that from infamous gangster Mickey Cohen (to be played by Penn).

Cranston devotees won’t be too crushed though with the actor’s presence on-screen set for a sharp rise over the next 12-24 months. He’s got Nicolas Winding Refn‘s “Drive,” Steven Soderbergh‘s “Contagion,” the George Lucas-backed “Red Tails,” Len Wiseman‘s “Total Recall,” “Rock Of Ages” and Andrew Stanton’s‘s “John Carter” all on the horizon. And let’s not forget that Vince Galligan‘s “Breaking Bad” is now back for its fourth season.

“Gangster Squad” is set to go in front of cameras in the late summer/early fall this year so we’re presuming Affleck’s “Argo” — which will see Cranston star alongside his helmer, Alan Arkin and John Goodman for the real-life story of a C.I.A. plan to rescue a group of diplomats from Tehran after the 1979 Iranian revolution by claiming that they were part of a Hollywood movie crew shooting a film — will be lensing around that time too and possibly preceded by a two week “Blue Valentine“-style crash course in “living like hostages.”

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There’s no way for me to say this without sounding like a jerk, but I have to say it: Who wants to watch any movie written by someone who talks like this?: “Cranston’s rad…so I’m stoked.” I mean, I like BILL & TED as much as the next guy, but give me a damn break.


Argo sounds amazing to me so I’m glad he’s doing it…but nothing in the article says what part Cranston is to be playing. And JJ this Texan is not laughing… Matt McC was the first thought I had. What better Texan than him?


Hold the laughter but why not recast the part with Matthew Mcconaughy. He was pretty damn good in “The Lincoln Lawyer” and save for Tommy Lee Jones, there isn’t anyone in Hollywood who screams out Texan more than Mcconaughy.

Katie Walsh

Thanks sdot and cirkusfolk, we have updated.


And you mean Andrew Stanton’s John Carter, not Brad Bird.


Andrew stantons John carter


Damn this man is busy! He even voiced Jim Gordon in the upcoming animated Batman: Year One. Sucks he had to drop Gangster Squad.

Mr Anonymous

Same here! I’d rather see Cranston in Gangster Squad than Argo. You just know Gangster Squad is going to be kick ass! The same i don’t think can be said for Argo. Shame.


Ah man, I was hoping this flurry of activity in Cranston’s wasn’t going to produce a casualty of scheduling. Funny how out of all his new projects, I was looking forward to ‘Gangster Squad’ the most. Oh well, I just have to thank the lord we have Walter White back!

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