Category:American musical triosThe Breaking Bad prequel movie Better Call Saul, which stars Bob Odenkirk as his “sneaky lawyer” Jimmy McGill, is starting to look like a sure thing. According to a new report from TVLine, the production has wrapped and will move forward to shoot the first official Better Call Saul episodes early next year.
That’s great news for fans of the prequel show, which follows the original Breaking Bad and chronicles the path that got Saul to become “Jimmy McGill.” But it’s especially great news for Emmy winner Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad’s Gus Fring), who’s still waiting for his first shot at a movie.
Esposito, who was a series regular in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, told TVLine that he’s had a couple of meetings about possible movie roles. He didn’t reveal any details about what these meetings were for, but he did say that he “really, really wants to be in a movie.”
That could indicate that Esposito is waiting for his part to be cast in this upcoming prequel, though it’s more likely that he’s simply keeping his options open in case he needs a change of pace. “I’m really grateful to be working,” Esposito told TVLine. “I’m not looking for any more.”
In addition to Bob Odenkirk and Giancarlo Esposito, we’ve previously heard that the prequel will feature Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, Michael McKean as Howard Hamlin, Patrick Fabian as Gene Takimoto, and Zabryna Guevara as Gabriela.
If Esposito is indeed waiting for his part in this prequel, it looks like his time will eventually come. If the prequel to Better Call Saul comes to pass and has the budget to go behind-the-scenes on one of TV’s best shows, I’m betting you’ll be seeing Esposito on the big screen before you see anything from the prequel.