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Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston returns for another innings on television

AFP   July 18, 2014
First Published: 15:22 IST(18/7/2014) | Last Updated: 15:48 IST(18/7/2014)

The US network branch is backing a screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play, All The Way, about Lyndon B. Johnson.

Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Godzilla will retain his leading role as US President Lyndon B. Johnson, with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment acting as production company, Variety reports.
Poster for Bryan Cranston's Broadway play All The Way.

Written by Robert Schenkkan, who will also adapt for HBO, the storyline follows LBJ during his first year in office, 1963/64 -- a year that saw him deal with succeeding John F. Kennedy, negotiate the US's controversial involvement in Vietnam and set the Senate on its way to outlawing racial segregation.

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The original, which was Cranston's Broadway debut, saw him receive the 2014 Tony for Best Actor in a Play, while the work itself was deemed Best Play, meaning that it took both categories for which it was nominated.

Schenkkan has previously written the film adaptation of The Quiet American as well as for 2004 TV movie Spartacus, a mini-series adaptation of Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain and 2010's The Pacific. Cranston will soon appear in animated movie Kung-Fu Panda 3 and 1950s Hollywood thriller Trumbo.

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