Bryan Cranston is a busy guy. Ever since his Emmy-winning turn as Walter White on Breaking Bad, the veteran has been in big-name movies such as Godzilla and Trumbo, the latter also saw Cranston earn his first Oscar nomination. Cranston even made a shocking return in the prequel series, Better Call Saul. However, Cranston’s schedule has seen the actor in a variety of movies, with his most recent film being Jerry and Marge Go Large; The film is based on the incredible true story of Jerry Selbee, who manages to crack the code in the Massachusetts lottery and with the help of his wife, wins millions. The duo uses the money to fix their broken and small Michigan town.
Recently, it was confirmed that Cranston will join Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Kunichi Nomura, Harvey Keitel, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, and Jeff Goldblum in Wes Anderson’s upcoming film, Asteroid City. Below is the official synopsis of Anderson’s Asteroid City:
“Asteroid City is a poetic meditation on the meaning of life. It tells the story of a fictional America desert town circa 1955 and its Junior Stargazer convention, which brings together students and parents from across the country for scholarly competition, rest/recreation, comedy, drama, romance, and more.” There’s no date confirmed for the film. Cranston has previously worked with Anderson, with the actor being the voice of Chief for Isle of Dogs. Cranston is definitely a fan of Anderson’s work, and the Emmy winner has spoken positively about his experience working with the auteur filmmaker.
However, that isn’t the only project coming up with Mr. Cranston. The actor is also in Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle, which is another star-studded affair featuring Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Catherine O’Hara, John Cena, Samuel L. Jackson, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, and Rob Delaney. The script was written by Jason Fuchs – who also wrote Wonder Woman – based on the novel of the same name by Ellie Conway, the upcoming feature is about a world-class spy who suffers from amnesia. He’s ultimately fooled into believing that he’s a bestselling spy novelist. Once his memories and skills resurface, he refocuses his purpose by taking down the very people that put wanted to put him six feet under. Vaughn spoke to Collider about Argylle and noted that the film is a mix of Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. The way Vaughn got his hands on the book was actually thanks to a friend during the pandemic lockdown that rocked the entire world in 2020:
“I think that one of the benefits about lockdown is I got to read again,” he said. “I actually had normal time. I rediscovered what books were like. A friend of mine sent me Argylle, and every now and then I read a book and I have an ‘I have to make this into a move.”
“When I read the early draft manuscript, I felt it was the most incredible and original spy franchise since Ian Fleming’s books of the 50s. This is going to reinvent the spy genre.” Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Marv chimed in, “We are delighted that we will be starting our fourth and by far the biggest, feature film production since the start of the global pandemic. It demonstrates both our desire to scale up our production activity and our ambition to continue to launch new franchises beyond the Kingsman series of films.” As of this writing, there’s no exact date for the spy feature, though it’s expected to come out in 2023,
Cranston surely has a business schedule in the next couple of years thanks to his breakout AMC role. Of course, the veteran is also notable for his turn as Hal Wilkerson in Malcolm in the Middle. Despite being 66, it doesn’t seem that Cranston is slowing down anytime soon, with the actor explaining his work ethic in an AARP interview earlier this year:
“I’m a working-class guy. I spent a year living with my grandparents as a kid. They made me stop watching TV, and I thought, this is going to be horrible. But I didn’t miss it. I had to work next door collecting eggs from a ranch, and I love having a job and responsibility. With them, it was: You acknowledge a birthday or an accomplishment, then get back to work. You never had the luxury of lounging in accomplishment. That helped me tremendously when I was an actor in my early 20s. When you have an audition, there are always going to be people who are more talented than you. And there will always be people who are less talented than you. Where you line up in that ratio, who knows? But what you can control is how much time and energy you put into your work. I would always vow that no one was going to outwork me. I’d keep preparing, preparing, preparing. Whenever I hear of actors doing drugs or alcohol or going to parties and going on vacations instead of putting in the work, I’m like, OK, good. Go ahead.”