Emmy-award winning actor Bryan Cranston is set to play President Lyndon B. Johnson for HBO original TV movie “All The Way.”
It might be difficult to imagine Walter White from “Breaking Bad” as the president of the United States. But, according to Collider, the actor proved versatile enough to do LBJ justice. Even “All The Way” director Jay Roach had nothing but praise for the actor. His performance, Roach said, will bring the audience back in time.
“Physically and emotionally Bryan completely channels LBJ,” the director recalled. “We just filmed him and Lady Bird in the Oval Office, after JFK’s assassination. LBJ has arrived as the ‘accidental President.’ He’s almost overwhelmed. In spiritual support, Lady Bird touches his cheek. We melted…like we went back in time and witnessed a private, heart-wrenching moment between these two great people.” The biopic will reportedly begin just after then president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. According to Roach, the movie will also cover LBJ’s fight to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and his own presidential campaign.
This is not the first time Cranston took on the role of President Johnson. According to AV Club, the actor previously played this president in a play by Robert Schenkkan. Cranston won a Tony award for this role in 2014.
Aside from Cranston, Anthony Mackie will also star in “All The Way” as Martin Luther King, Jr. Melissa Leo will take on the role of Lady Bird Johnson. Bradley Whitford and Stephen Root will play Hubert Humphrey and J. Edgar Hoover, respectively.
Check out a preview of Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson below.
You can catch “All The Way” this May 21 on HBO.