Beyond 'Breaking Bad': What's Next for the Show's Stars
10:14 AM PDT 9/30/2013 by Aaron Couch, Chris Godley
Aaron Paul has said "it's all downhill from here" for him after "Bad" -- but he and Bryan Cranston have a slate of upcoming features to look forward to, while Dean Norris and Betsy Brandt have jumped to new shows.
Walter White's journey is complete, but Cranston's keeping a busy schedule. He's got crime thriller Cold Comes the Night coming up and Godzilla on the slate for next summer. Cranston will star as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo, an indie feature to be directed by Jay Roach. He'll also return to CBS' How I Met Your Mother in a guest role this season.
After leaving Jesse behind, Paul is taking the wheel of Need for Speed, out March 14, 2014, and will star opposite Christian Bale in Ridley Scott's biblical drama Exodus.
A detective drama the Bad creator initially developed at CBS in 2002 has been given a series order for 2014-15. In addition to possible feature film projects, it is unclear what role he'll have in the Bad spinoff centering on unscrupulous lawyer Saul Goodman.
Brandt stars opposite Michael J. Fox on NBC's The Michael J. FoxShow. "It's a dream job," she says of the roll. "After Breaking Bad, I couldn't see myself liking anything nearly as much. So it was a very, very pleasant surprise to land on another job that great so quickly." Her onscreen husband Dean Norris didn't take her new role as Fox's wife kindly. "Jesus Marie I get it. You've moved on. Do U have to mock me? EVERYWHERE I go?" he tweeted in September with a picture of himself in front of a Michael J. Fox Show billboard.
Norris pulled double duty with Breaking Bad and the CBS hit Under the Dome this summer. The show returns for a second season next summer. The actor also has roles in Ridley Scott's The Counselor and indie drama Small Time, opposite Chris Meloni.
Mitte, who never thought he'd end up being an actor, will be seen in the upcoming indie crime drama The Devil's Ink. He's also booked a recurring spot on ABC Family's Switched at Birth, in which he will play a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident.
Saul's still up to his old tricks. Odenkirk will reprise his role as the criminally talented lawyer an AMC spinoff prequel, tentatively titled Better Call Saul. He also appears in Alexander Payne's Nebraska this fall. His other upcoming films include drama Boulevard and comedy Kitchen Sink.
Lydia may be a memory, but Fraser will continue to grace the screen with an upcoming role in the drama Wish You Well, a big-screen adaptation of David Baldacci's novel.
After saying goodbye to Mike, Banks shot Bullet opposite fellow Breaking Bad alum Danny Trejo,and has the feature Authors Anonymous scheduled for 2014.
Rios recurred on the first season of FX's The Bridge, which returns for a second season next year.
Jones is trading in meth-slinging geek Badger for a part in the Chuck Lorre comedy Moms. He will also appear in the 2014 comedy horror film Cooties, which stars Elijah Wood.
Steven Michael Quezada
Quezada, an Albuquerque native, struggled as a stand-up comic before landing Bad. His higher profile has helped his New Mexico-based late-night variety show,The After After Party, land future distribution via DirecTV.