Ever since the conclusion of “Breaking Bad’s” exhilarating run on television, fans everywhere eagerly anticipated Bryan Cranston’s next move. Following the show and the role he played in it was never supposed to be an easy feat, especially as the man had dominated the Emmys during its run, collecting six awards as the mighty chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin. However, Cranston himself is also a sort of mad scientist in his own way. Not only has he been able to slip into the post-“Breaking Bad” phase of his career with ease, but in case you’d forgotten already, he was also nominated at the Oscars this year for his performance in “Trumbo.”
We’d say he’s doing just fine, but next up in his bag of tricks? Well, the man seems to be set on coming home to the Emmys, and this time as Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO Films’s “All The Way.”
Almost immediately after taking the world of television by storm, Cranston went ahead and did the same thing on Broadway in 2013. When he took the stage as Lyndon B. Johnson, audiences were once again electrified by the man’s seamless ability to transform. And so in what seems to be a genius move, HBO Films adapted that very play into a film. “All The Way” aims to be an enthralling behind-the-scenes exploration of President Johnson’s turbulent first year in office following the tragic assassination of John F. Kennedy. We see the man caught between two massive decisions that both risk his place in office: siding with the moral imperative of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., or following through with the expectations of the southern Democratic Party leaders who brought him to power. In the trailer above, we get a thrilling sneak peek on Cranston’s power play for another Emmy.
Alongside Cranston is a brilliant ensemble that includes Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Bradley Whitford, Stephen Root, Marque Richardson, Aisha Hinds, Todd Weeks, Mo McRae, Spencer Garrett and Frank Langella. The film was directed by Jay Roach and adapted from a screenplay written by the “All The Way” playwright himself, Robert Shenkkan.
“All The Way” doesn’t arrive on HBO until May 21, but until then, check out the teaser trailer above.
For more on Cranston, watch the trailer for “Get A Job” via Indiewire Video: