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Bryan Cranston joins Brad Pitt in World War Z

Aug. 8, 2011by: Paul Tassi
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Win enough Emmys year after year, and I guess people start to take you seriously. After proving himself one of the best working actors today year after year on Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston has exploded into film with five movie roles in this year alone, including this one.

He's set to join Brad Pitt, James Badge Dale and Mireille Enos in WORLD WAR Z. His role in unspecified, but said to be "small but flashy." Not quite sure what that means. He might play some sort of military brass, as he has done elsewhere, or it could be something completely different.

He's not quite landing the leads in major films yet, but I don't see that being so far off for him if he continues on his current career trajectory. It's interesting how it takes some actors 50+ years to really blow up. Guess that's why you should never give up.

Here's an official rundown of WORLD WAR Z in case you forgot:

"Brooks, the author of the determinedly straight-faced parody The Zombie Survival Guide (2003), returns in all seriousness to the zombie theme for his second outing, a future history in the style of Theodore Judson’s Fitzpatrick’s War. Brooks tells the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts “as told to the author” by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace. Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus."

Extra Tidbit: Maybe he'll be a zombie. I would be alright with that.
Source: THR

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8:26PM on 08/09/2011
Redeker. He should play Redeker. Anyone who knows the book knows that he plays a paramount role in the course of the story, and requires a talented actor to play him. He's got...issues.
Redeker. He should play Redeker. Anyone who knows the book knows that he plays a paramount role in the course of the story, and requires a talented actor to play him. He's got...issues.
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3:26PM on 08/08/2011
Bryan Cranston is a welcome addition to any cast - and then I remember this is going to be PG-13 and all hope dies there.
Bryan Cranston is a welcome addition to any cast - and then I remember this is going to be PG-13 and all hope dies there.
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3:18PM on 08/08/2011
Well, he certainly deserves it.
Well, he certainly deserves it.
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3:10PM on 08/08/2011

Zombie

Dooo it. I'd love to see him as a minor character who comes back as a zombie and kills a main character.
Dooo it. I'd love to see him as a minor character who comes back as a zombie and kills a main character.
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2:59PM on 08/08/2011

I know who I'd like to see him play

Breckenridge Scott, the creator of Phalanx. It's a small part and he is a pretty flashy guy. He'd be great as the part.
Breckenridge Scott, the creator of Phalanx. It's a small part and he is a pretty flashy guy. He'd be great as the part.
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