Breaking Bad Movie Will Have Super-Secret Cameo, Over 10 Familiar Characters
Matt Jones joins El Camino, but the movie is still shrouded in mystery.
Despite its release coming up very soon, little is known about the Breaking Bad movie, El Camino. The high-level plot is that it will follow the story of what happened to Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after the events of Breaking Bad, but not much else is known. However, a new casting announcement and other intriguing details suggest the movie may feature 10 or more familiar characters.
According The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Jones will reprise his role as Pinkman's drug-dealer friend Badger in the movie. It was previously confirmed that the character Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) would also come back to play his character again in the film. He was seen in the first El Camino teaser (below).
Jones appeared in 12 episodes of Breaking Bad over its five seasons, including the series finale. After Breaking Bad, Jones went on to play a role in the TV show Mom which ran on CBS (whose parent company owns GameSpot). Jones also appeared in the James Gunn-produced action movie Brightburn. He voices the character Wedge in the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Jones played the role of Dwight Schrute's cousin Zeke on The Office, and he was cast to reprise the role in a spin-off called The Farm before the show's cancellation.
A separate THR story states that El Camino will feature "more than 10 familiar characters from the show." So far the list seems to only include Jesse Pinkman, Skinny Pete, and Badger, leaving at least seven more to be revealed later; that's intriguing to think about for Breaking Bad fans.
El Camino was written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. He made a purposeful decision to keep the film shrouded in mystery--the movie wasn't even announced until post-production work was finished. Another part of the secret-keeping effort was flying one particular cast member to the set in Albuquerque on a private jet so no one would notice them.
Filming took place over a period of only 50 days in the same Albuquerque locations as Breaking Bad, but with new locations in differences places as well due to its increased budget.
Gilligan also spoke about the origins of El Camino, saying he kept thinking about what happened to Jesse after he fled the compound in his car, an El Camino.
"You see him driving away. And to my mind, he went off to a happy ending. But as the years progressed, I thought, 'What did that ending--let's just call it an ending, neither happy, nor sad--what did it look like?'"
Gilligan went on to say that he initially thought he might tell the story in a five-minute short film. However, after mulling things over with his producer, Melissa Bernstein, they decided to make the story into a full movie.
El Camino comes to Netflix on October 11. It will also play in movie theatres in 68 cinemas around the US in the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago areas--as well as Albuquerque. El Camino will then later be released on the AMC TV network in early 2020.
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