Bryan Cranston in talks for Chinese epic ‘The Great Wall’

Zhang Yimou will direct while Matt Damon is circling a lead role

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is in talks for a supporting role in Zhang Yimou’s Chinese epic The Great Wall.

Matt Damon is in the frame for the lead role having previously come close to working with Yimou on Flowers of War before Christian Bale’s eventual casting. Yimou also directed The House Of Flying Daggers.

Deadline reports The Great Wall reveals the mystery behind why the Great Wall was built, and the secrets hidden beneath its stones.

Legendary Pictures had previously turned to Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) to direct the film with Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel) and Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) set to star in the film.

Cranston is currently filming the Jay Roach-directed drama Trumbo. The biopic follows the career of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who was blacklisted in the 1940s for being a communist. The film also stars Helen Mirren, Louis C.K. and Diane Lane. Trumbo wrote the screenplays for Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus and the prison drama Papillon starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

As reported, Matt Damon will reunite with Paul Greengrass for a fourth outing as amnesiac spy Jason Bourne. The news came as a surprise following previous comments from Greengrass who told Deadline that once Bourne regained his memory he thought there was nowhere left for the character to go.