It's a different moment for everyone: the moment you fall in love with Aaron Paul—or at least, the characters he plays on television, most notably the loveable addict Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad. But now, we might all get to enjoy his presence on yet another show, as the actor is in talks with HBO to star in a spy-drama called The Missionary.
The Emmy-winning actor would play the lead in the show, which is about Cold War spies. The series is written by Charles Randolph, and HBO producers Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg, along with the author of The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell, are all attached to the project.
Paul has worked with HBO before, but if he signs onto The Missionary, it'll be his first time back there since his recurring role on Big Love. It will also be the first follow-up to the soon-to-premiere Breaking Bad, which as we all know and hate, is coming to an end sooner rather than later. Breaking Bad starts the first of its two-part final season (what is the deal with this nonsense, anyways, huh AMC?) this July.
The Missionary will be set in 1960s Berlin, where a young American (Paul, presumably) becomes involved with the CIA. I don't know about you guys, but CIA + Aaron Paul + Berlin = where do I sign up for HBO? Let me throw money at you! The series' four producers have been looking to do a spy drama for "a long time," and teamed up after bringing the show to HBO last year. Levinson and Wahlberg have worked with HBO before on four different series (Boardwalk Empire, http://blog.starcam.com/?tag=/aaron-paul, How to Make It In America, and In Treatment), so this venture won't be all-new for them, either. The show will be produced in conjunction with Levinsons's Leverage and Wahlberg's Closest to the Hole production companies.
Interestingly enough, the announcement that this series might be underway comes shortly after FX's announcement of another spy-drama, called The Americans, which is about undercover KGB spies in America. That series is starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. And mind you, we mean no disrespect, but we'd rather watch Aaron Paul.
Posted by Jena
6/19/2012 2:23 PM