Bryan Cranston Joins James Franco in 'Why Him'

'All the Way'
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Bryan Cranston won for lead actor in a play for his Broadway debut as Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way.

Fox's film will be directed by John Hamburg.

Bryan Cranston is joining James Franco in Fox's comedy Why Him.

John Hamburg (I Love You Man) is directing from a script he wrote with Ian Helfer.

The film centers on a Midwestern dad who takes a holiday trip with his family to visit his daughter at college. But he soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her new, brash tech billionaire boyfriend.

Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour are producing. Dan Levine is overseeing the project for 21 Laps, and Jeremy Kramer will oversee for Fox. Production begins in L.A. in February.

Cranston, who starred on AMC’s hit Breaking Bad, will next be seen in Trumbo, which is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival before hitting theaters on Nov. 6. His other upcoming projects include Franco’s In Dubious Battle and Infiltrator with Diane Kruger.

He's repped by UTA.