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by Alison Willmore
June 13, 2012 12:33 PM
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HBO Picks Up Spy Drama Pilot 'The Missionary' With Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad' In Talks to Star

Aaron Paul on 'Breaking Bad' Ursula Coyote/AMC

While "Breaking Bad" is about to kick off its final (two-part) season on AMC, it looks like Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse Pinkman, may not be off screen for long. According to Deadline, Paul is in talks to play the lead in "The Missionary," a Cold War era spy series that's just been ordered to pilot by HBO.

The potential series is the creation of Charles Randolph (writer of "The Interpreter" and "Love and Other Drugs"), working with producer Stephen Levinson, Malcolm Gladwell (!) and Mark Wahlberg. Per Deadline:

Set in Berlin in the late 1960s, The Missionary, written by Randolph, centers on a young American missionary (Paul) who becomes involved with the CIA. Randolph and New Yorker writer Gladwell, who are friends, had been working on an idea for a spy project when they met with Levinson and Wahlberg who also had been looking to do a spy drama.

Levinson and Wahlberg are no strangers to HBO, having produced "Boardwalk Empire," "Entourage," "In Treatment" and "How to Make It In America," so perhaps they'll fare better with this project than other recent high-profile would-be series that haven't made it past a pilot, like "The Corrections."

Paul has also worked with the premium network in the past -- he played Sarah Henrickson's (Amanda Seyfried) boyfriend and eventual husband Scott Quittman on "Big Love."


  • Howie | June 16, 2012 5:53 PMReply

    Aaron Paul is fantastic on Breaking Bad, he deserves as many Emmys as Bryan Cranston. HBO is smart to want him for this series, he can do anything. I hope the writing is up to par, but how could anyone top Vince Gilligan?

  • The Dave | June 13, 2012 1:16 PMReply

    This needs to happen. With Wahlberg producing, this should get made soon enough. If he co-starred too that would be sick. I love HBO right now.