Jonathan Banks to join 'Better Call Saul,' reprise 'Breaking Bad' role
Get ready for some cool and collected assassinations.
Jonathan Banks will reprise his "Breaking Bad" role of Mike Ehrmantraut, a private investigator, fixer and sometimes hitman who worked for the rich and shady, in AMC's spinoff and prequel series "Better Call Saul," a spokesperson for the cable channel confirmed to OTRC.com.
The Emmy-winning show "Breaking Bad" ended in September after five seasons and was a huge hit. The new series focuses on Saul Goodman, played by comedian Bob Odenkirk, a smarmy criminal lawyer who helped people embezzle money in the former show. He occasionally worked with Ehrmantraut.
"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gillegan had told EW in December that Banks may appear in "Better Call Saul."
The prequel show will focus on the attorney's life before he started working for Walter White, according to Deadline. The teacher-turned meth kingpin, played by Bryan Cranston, also had run-ins with Ehrmantraut.
The character is known for his mostly casual demeanor and is an ex-cop who later worked as the Head of Corporate Security at Los Pollos Hermanos, a fast food franchise that served as a front for a crystal meth distribution operation that employed White before things turned horribly wrong.
Earlier this month, at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, "Breaking Bad" alum Aaron Paul, who played White's former student and associate Jesse Pinkman, told OTRC.com he wanted to be in "Better Call Saul."
(Pictured above: "Breaking Bad" stars Jonathan Banks (Mike), Dean Norris (Hank) have a bald head showdown during an interview with OTRC.com at the 2013 Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, 2013. Click on the image to watch the video.)
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