What’s Next For The ‘Breaking Bad' Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and More
It's all come to an end.
While the saga of Walter White is over, and his transformation from Mr. Chips to Scarface complete, the careers of the actors who embodied these soon-to-be iconic characters are far from it. Here's where you can find Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and company outside of New Mexico.
Bryan Cranston (Walter White)
Everyone’s favorite chemistry teacher-cum-meth kingpin may have hung up his Heisenberg hat, but you can find Cranston onstage in a decidedly different role—as former President Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way, which is playing at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., from Sept. 13 to Oct. 12. He’ll also have a recurring role on the final season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, reprising his role as Ted’s (Josh Radnor) obnoxious former boss Hammond Druthers, as well as the indie film thriller Cold Comes the Night, as a scientist in the blockbuster Godzilla, out on May 16, 2014, and as the voice of Po’s father in the animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3, out sometime in 2015.
Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman)
Paul has been a very busy guy post-Breaking Bad, with a plethora of films slated for release. There’s the drama Decoding Anne Parker, out sometime this fall, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton; the indie Quad, also scheduled to be released later this year, opposite Tom Berenger and Jeff Daniels; the Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Way Down, with Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette; his first leading role in a blockbuster, the videogame adaptation Need For Speed, out March 14, 2014; and the Ridley Scott historical drama Exodus, with Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Rhamses, and Paul as Joshua, which is scheduled to be released on December 12, 2014.
Anna Gunn (Skyler White)
The recent Emmy winner is currently filming the TV pilot Rita, directed by Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids), and starring Gunn as the titular outspoken private school teacher who struggles to manage the annoying parents of entitled kids at work, and raising her three teenage kids at home. The series will also star Josh Hamilton and Rhys Wakefield, and hasn’t been picked up yet.
Vince Gilligan (Showrunner)
The former X-Files writer/producer turned Breaking Bad mastermind will reportedly be involved in some capacity in the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, which recently reached a licensing deal with AMC/Sony, and is a one-hour prequel focusing on the life of lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) before he met Walter White. Also, a spec script from Gilligan—a detective drama called Battle Creek—was granted a series production order at CBS for the 2014-2015 season. The show centers on two detectives with contrasting world views who must clean up the streets of Battle Creek, Mich. Gilligan will serve as a writer and executive producer on the series and has also expressed interest in directing the project, while House creator David Shore will serve as showrunner and join Gilligan as writer and EP.
Dean Norris (Hank Schrader)
You can next catch the hard-nosed DEA agent in the Ridley Scott drama The Counselor, opposite Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Cameron Diaz, which hits theaters on Oct. 25. The other show he’s starring on, as politician Big Jim Rennie on CBS’s Under the Dome, will return for its second season sometime during summer 2014.
Betsy Brandt (Marie Schrader)
Brandt is currently the female lead on the critically acclaimed NBC sitcom The Michael J. Fox Show. She plays Annie Henry, Michael’s loving wife. The mockumentary-style show airs Thursday nights at 9:30 pm ET.
RJ Mitte (Walter White Jr.)
You can next find Mitte in the action film The Devil’s Ink, which is currently in pre-production and listed for release sometime in 2014. The film will star stuntwoman-turned-actress Zoe Bell (Death Proof) as a woman who goes on a roaring rampage of revenge after her Venice Beach tattoo parlor finds itself at the center of a scandal involving corrupt cops and a sex-trafficking operation.
Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman)
Everyone’s favorite sleazy attorney will reprise his role as Goodman in the AMC prequel Better Caul Saul, which traces his life before meeting Walter White and will be out some time in 2015. But before that, you can catch Odenkirk on the IFC sketch comedy series The Birthday Boys, which will premiere on Oct. 18, as well as in the excellent Alexander Payne drama Nebraska, in which he plays Bruce Dern’s newscaster son, Ross Grant. The film will be released on Nov. 15.
Giancarlo Esposito (Gustavo “Gus” Fring)
He may have gotten half his face blown off by Walter White and Tio Salamanca, but the veteran actor of films like Do the Right Thing and The Usual Suspects can currently be seen on the post-apocalyptic TV series Revolution, which airs Monday nights on NBC. Esposito plays Major Tom Neville, a former insurance adjuster-cum-militia member.
Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut)
Poor Mike. While he may have taken a bullet to the stomach courtesy of Walter White, the 66-year-old acting veteran—and recent Emmy nominee for Breaking Bad—can next be seen in a number of indie films, including Watercolor Postcards, opposite Bailee Madison; the action film Bullet, alongside Danny Trejo; and the comedy Authors Anonymous, with the Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, Teri Polo, and the late Dennis Farina.
Jesse Plemons (Todd Alquist)
It was a bit jarring to see Friday Night Lights’ shy geek Landry capping kids and moms on Breaking Bad, but we’ll next see Plemons in more lighter material, including the surrealist indie drama Flutter, directed by Eric Heuber, about a mother struggling to raise a son with severe glaucoma. He had booked a starring role in the TV pilot The Missionary, written by Malcolm Gladwell and directed by Baltasur Kormakur (2 Gunz)—a spy drama set in late-60s Berlin at the height of the Cold War—but HBO unfortunately passed on the project.
Laura Fraser (Lydia Rodarte-Quayle)
Walter White may have gotten the best of her on Breaking Bad, but we can next see Fraser in a couple of indie films, including the flick The Sisterhood of the Night, about the Salem Witch Trials, and co-starring Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom) and Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar), as well as Wish You Well, a 1940s-set ensemble drama where she’ll appear opposite Ellen Burstyn and Josh Lucas.
With Reporting By Alec Kubas-Meyer.