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'Breaking Bad's' Giancarlo Esposito to Co-Star in NBC's J.J. Abrams Drama Pilot 'Revolution'

UPDATED: The one-time AMC villain will play a tough military man with Southern charm in the sci-fi project from "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke.

Giancarlo Esposito
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Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito is going from playing a drug lord and Magic Mirror to a military man.

The former Breaking Bad villain and Once Upon a Time recurring guest has been tapped to co-star in J.J. Abrams' NBC drama pilot Revolution, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Revolving around a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist, Esposito will play Capt. Neville, a tough military man with a genteel Southern manner who may not always be what he seems.

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Supernatural creator Eric Kripke will pen the pilot with Abrams and Fringe's Bryan Burk on board to executive produce. Jon Favreau will direct the Warner Bros. Television/Bad Robot Productions project.

Esposito joins the previously cast Tracy Spiradakos, Graham Rogers and Anna Lise Phillips.

The casting marks the latest in what's been a busy year so far for Esposito. In addition to his critically acclaimed -- and Emmy buzzworthy -- role as drug lord Gustavo Fring on Breaking Bad, the actor has been recurring on ABC's fantasy drama Once Upon a Time as the Evil Queen's Magic Mirror and recently booked a guest gig on NBC's cult comedy Community.

Repped by Domain Talent and Principal Entertainment, Esposito's credits include The Usual Suspects, Sherrybaby and the Tyler Perry's upcoming feature I, Alex Cross.

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