HBO’s Cold War Drama ‘The Missionary’ Casts A ‘Breaking Bad’ Star After All
Earlier this year we heard the exciting news that (soon-to-be former) âBreaking Badâ star Aaron Paul was considered the frontrunner for the title role in HBOâs upcoming drama âThe Missionary,â shooting after the AMC dramaâs 2013 end.Â That role was recently given to âAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunterâ star Benjamin Walker after scheduling difficulties with Paul, but the show has netted yet another ‘Breaking Bad’ star, also one-time ‘Friday Night Lights’ star Jesse Plemons.Â Wait til you hear who he plays!
‘Breaking Bad’ may be due for an end in 2013, but its stars shouldn’t have any difficulty finding work.Â Case in point, Deadline reports that current ‘Bad’ star Jesse Plemons has already lined up his next gig, taking a role in HBO’s upcoming Cold War drama pilot ‘The Missionary!Â Appearing alongside Benjamin Walker’s title character, Plemons would portray Sherwood Elbridge, a young Coca-Cola executive who aids in smuggling defectors out of the Eastern Bloc of Berlin.Â That’s a long way from Landry!
Set in Berlin during the late 1960s, âThe Missionaryâ centers on a young American missionary (Walker) who becomes involved with the CIA, helping a young woman escape the city.Â The project will be written by Charles Randolph (âThe Interpreterâ), directed byÂ Baltasar Kormakur, and produced by Stephen Levinson, author Malcolm Gladwell and frequent Levinson collaborator Mark Wahlberg.
If picked up to series, âThe Missionaryâ would mark the second HBO period dramas alongside âBoardwalk Empire,â as well as the second Cold War drama developed for cable this season along with FXâs Keri Russell KGB spy drama âThe Americans.âÂ Tell us if you’ll tune in to check out Jesse Plemons in âThe Missionaryâ in the comments below!