AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spin-off “Better Call Saul” made a huge announcement, revealing plot details and some new set photos. The studio has been extremely tight-lipped about the storyline, leaving fans with nothing more than a bit of breadcrumbs and clues for the anticipated drama series. Some casting announcements have been made, and series creator Vince Gilligan shared some plans, but nothing meaty has come our way to tantalize us…until now! The photos and storyline was shared with fans during the Television Critics’ Association summer press tour on Friday, July 11.
The timeline for the series and character details for Bob Odenkirk’s Goodman and Jonathan Banks’ Mike Erhmantraut have been revealed:
The spin-off show is a prequel”set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is ‘fixer’ Mike Erhmantraut (Jonathan Banks), a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad’. The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts ‘criminal’ in ‘criminal lawyer.’ The series’ tone is dramatic, woven through with dark humor.”
The AMC press release also reveals that the cast will include Michael McKean as Saul’s brother Chuck, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin and Michael Mando as Nacho. These are all, as the release says, “characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.”
Co-creator Peter Gould will executive produce the new show, while Gilligan plans to direct the pilot. “Better Call Saul” will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer. Bob Odenkirk will reprise his role as Saul Goodman. “Better Call Saul” has been given a 24-episode order by AMC. Originally set to be released somewhere in November this year, the series is now pushed back from November to early 2015, with the second season scheduled to air in early 2016.
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