The Breaking Bad star is back in a dramatisation of a dramatic era in American politics
A new trailer for HBO movie All The Way shows Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston starring as President Lyndon Johnson.
Cranston has already won a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway version of ‘All The Way’, which opened in 2012, and reprises his role for the movie, due in May.
Directed by Jay Roach, the movie also stars Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Bradley Whitford (returning to the White House after his long-time role in The West Wing) and Stephen Root, and follows the first year of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency immediately following the assassination of John F Kennedy. In his first year of office, Johnson focused on passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a document widely regarded as the most significant pieces of civil rights legislation passed in American history.
The act outlawed discrimination based on race, sex, colour, religion or national origin when it comes to employment and public facilities, with results that included the ending of segregated education.
Robert Schenkkan – who wrote the Broadway play – has rewritten his production for screen. Watch the trailer via YouTube, below:
Cranston was also keen to play Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman. Speaking to Howard Stern about the demand from fans for his casting, Cranston said: “I was not involved in any of that whatsoever. Oh, oh, I would have welcomed it.”
“In the minds of fans, it’s true,” he added, referring to the demands from fans for him to be given the role. “In the minds of the hierarchy of Warner Brothers, it’s not true.”
‘All The Way’ will launch on May 21 on HBO.