Better call Mike! Jonathan Banks joins Breaking Bad’s Saul spin-off
James R | On 28, Jan 2014
Better call Mike! No, wait, that’s not right. But we like to think that’s what Vince Gilligan shouted when he decided to bring back Jonathan Banks for the Breaking Bad spin-off show, Better Call Saul.
Yes, everyone’s favourite Ehrmantraut is returning to star alongside Bob Odenkirk’s dodgy lawyer in the upcoming AMC series, reports Collider. Banks’ gruff, intimidating fixer won almost as many fans as the fast-talking Saul, stealing scenes throughout Season Four and Five of Gilligan’s acclaimed drama.
The news that the private detective is going to be a regular for the spin-off, then, is a promising sign for those wanting to see familiar faces within the Breaking Bad universe – and a reminder than Vince Gilligan is heavily involved in production, which will hopefully guarantee a similar level in quality.
Better Call Saul will differ from the previous series, with the tone leaning towards comedy rather than straight-out drama. The show will be a prequel that follows the crooked law man in his days before meeting up with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Banks’ return, though, has prompted fresh speculation that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul could make cameo appearances during the series.
Gilligan hasn’t ruled out the inclusion of Heisenberg and his sidekick. Indeed, he’s rumoured that another old cast member, Giancarlo Esposito, could also return to screens as ruthless drug dealer Gustavo Fring.
Better Call Saul is slated to be broadcast on AMC in November in the US. Netflix has already secured the streaming rights in the UK once again, with the show available to watch online within 24 hours of its broadcast every week.
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