9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Aaron Paul Nabs Male Lead in Jason Katims' Hulu Drama 'The Way'
Aaron Paul is returning to the small screen.
The three-time Breaking Bad Emmy winner has been cast as the male lead in Hulu's Jason Katims drama The Way, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on a script Katims and his True Jack Productions head of development Michelle Lee and created with Parenthood alum Jessica Goldberg last year, The Way examines a family at the center of a controversial faith-based movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power. Each hourlong episode will take an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want. The 10-episode straight-to-series drama will go into production in the summer for a winter premiere.
Paul will portray Eddie Cleary, a supportive husband and long-time member of The Way. Having grown up in a troubled blue-collar household, The Way was his way out. Recently returned from a retreat with other members of movement, Eddie is distant and emotionless, distraught from what he witnessed on the trip. His wife (played by Michelle Monaghan) believes he is having an affair, but Eddie is really sneaking off to meet with a still unknown person who claims to know "the truth" about The Way. Doing his best to keep up appearances and continue to lead his family by following The Way's teachings, Eddie must face a truth that might destroy everything he believes in.
The drama hails from Universal Television, where Katims' True Jack is based. Jessica Goldberg will write and executive produce the series, alongside with Katims and Lee. Mike Cahill (Another Earth) will direct the pilot.
Paul will also serve as a producer on the series, and his company, Lucid Road Productions, has made a first look deal with Universal Television.
The role marks Paul's series regular on-screen return following his critically praised turn as Jesse Pinkman for five seasons on AMC's Breaking Bad. He also has a voice role on Netflix's animated BoJack Horseman comedy. His recent film credits include Triple 9, Fathers and Daughters as well as Exodus: Gods and Kings. He's repped by UTA.
Paul's casting comes as Hulu had been looking for high-end premium talent after its casting coup with James Franco in Warner Bros. Television's J.J. Abrams-Stephen King miniseries 11/22/63.