'Breaking Bad' Star Jonathan Banks Joins 'Term Life' (Exclusive)

Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks
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Breaking Bad star Jonathan Banks has joined crime thriller Term Life, the graphic novel adaptation starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld.

Peter Billingsley is directing the project from a script by A.J. Lieberman, who wrote the original graphic novel that he created with Nick Thornborrow

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The story follows a man who designs and sells heists to the highest bidder. But when a job goes terribly wrong, he ends up with a target on his back. In a rare selfless act, he takes out a life insurance policy with his estranged daughter as the beneficiary. However, he discovers the policy doesn't take effect for 21 days, and so he's tasked with staying alive for that long.

PalmStar Media Capital and Merced Media fully financed the film, while Universal Pictures will distribute domestically. Shooting is slated to begin on March 1.

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Vaughn, Micah Mason and Victoria Vaughn are producing for Wild West Picture Show Productions, while Kevin Frakes will also produce alongside executive producer Raj Brinder Singh.

Known for playing Mike Ehrmantraut on AMC's his series Breaking Bad, Banks' diverse career has spanned five decades of work in TV, film and theater. His film credits include Beverly Hills Cop, 48 Hours, Dark Blue, Flipper, Freejack, Reign Over Me and Identity Thief. Banks' upcoming films include crime drama Bullet and indie Authors Anonymous.

Banks, who received an Emmy nom in 1989 for supporting actor in a drama series for Wiseguy and again in 2013 for Breaking Bad, will reprise his role as Ehrmantraut for AMC's upcoming prequel Better Call Saul. He's repped by Domain and Lovett Management.

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