Bryan Cranston to star in Argo AND The Gangster Squad?

Bryan Cranston may star in Ben Affleck’s political film, Argo, AND upcoming crime thriller, The Gangster Squad.

Bryan Cranston might be best known for his portrayal of the dad in the Fox comedy, Malcolm in the Middle, and his role in Breaking Bad, for which he has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, but he has also been in demand within the film world of late.

Yesterday it was announced that Cranston was in negotiations to play a CIA agent in the Ben Affleck directed political movie, Argo. The film tells the (true) story of how CIA agents who posed as a film crew in Tehran, in order to secretly smuggle US diplomats out of the country. It is based an article titled How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran, by Joshuah Bearman, which has been turned into a screenplay by Chris Terrio.

Affleck has already confirmed that he will appear in, as well as direct, the film, and that both John Goodman and Alan Arkin will also star. It will be the third feature length film which Affleck has directed, following 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, and last year’s crime drama, The Town. Now he is reportedly keen to cast Cranston in the role of Jack O’Donnell, a former bodyguard to President Eisenhower.

However, he’s not the only one who seems keen to have Cranston on board. The actor is reported to be currently in negotiations to join the cast of The Gangster Squad – the story of the LAPD’s struggle to keep Mafia crime out of LA during the 1940-50s. The film is being directed by the man behind the 2009 comedy, Zombieland, and already has the likes of Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn confirmed to star.

Both Argo and The Gangster Squad are currently scheduled for a 2013 release. However, you can also catch Cranston in Tom Hanks’ recently released comedy, Larry Crowne, and he’s soon to appear in the 2012 remake of Total Recall, as well as musical film, Rock of Ages. In addition to this, he’ll also be starring alongside Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan in the soon-to-be-released film, Drive, as well as joining Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Marion Cotillard in upcoming thriller, Contagion.

That’s certainly quite an impressive schedule – we’ll keep you posted!

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