Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, creators of AMC’s upcoming “Better Call Saul,” shared details on the new cast members who will be joining “Breaking Bad” alums Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks in the Emmy-winning show’s highly anticipated spinoff series.
As was previously reported, Michael McKean will play Chuck, Rhea Seehorn will play Kim, Patrick Fabian will play Hamlin and Michael Mando will play Nacho – characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.
“McKean plays Bob’s brother,” Gould confirmed. “We have these two comedy legends working together. He’s playing Saul’s brother. He’s one of the main characters we’ve introduced. He’s just a tremendous performer and he also answers questions about ‘Spinal Tap’.”
The duo were mum about other character descriptions, although in regards to Seehorn’s character and the inevitable comparisons to Anna Gunn’s Skyler White, Gilligan joked that he “will never write less-than-perfect women again.”
“Rhea, she is just as cute as she can be and just a wonderful funny actress and capable a great deal of depth,” Gilligan added.
AMC also released two new photos, shown here, and noted in the press release that the show is a prequel — possibly putting aside speculation about the show’s flexible timeline.
“It is period,” said Gilligan, stating it takes place in 2002 and adding that “we tried hard on ‘Breaking Bad’ to try not to be too specific where it is.”
Still, he later teased, “you saw on ‘Breaking Bad’ that we like nonlinear storytelling.”
As previously announced, Gilligan directed the first episode of the series, which has already been greenlit for a second season of 13 episodes.
The debut season, which will consist of 10 episodes, will premiere in 2015 — later than expected and something for which Gilligan says he takes responsibility.
“We have a way of doing things that is slower than most TV shows,” Gilligan said. “We want to think everything through and we feel that that pays dividends.”
“Better Call Saul” is executive produced by Gilligan, Gould, Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein with “Breaking Bad” alums Thomas Schnauz and Stewart A. Lyons as co-executive producers for Sony Pictures Television.