Bryan Cranston: To tackle Godzilla.
Breaking into movies
As Breaking Bad leaves the small screen with a big bang, its stars are headed into the films. Bryan Cranston will play a scientist in the blockbuster Godzilla, out next May, as well as voicing Po's father in the animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 in 2015. Aaron Paul will star in the Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Way Down with Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette, then take the lead as a street racer in the videogame adaptation Need For Speed, both of which are due early next year. He'll then join Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton as Joshua in the Ridley Scott historical drama Exodus, which is due to hit cinemas around Boxing Day next year. Even the younger Walter, R. J. Mitte has a film, The Devil's Ink, opposite stuntwoman-turned-actress Zoe Bell.
Fast and furious Hobbit lands Dracula
Luke Evans thinks of himself as starting late in "the business" because at age 34 he's been appearing in big-name films only since 2010 when he appeared as Apollo in Clash of the Titans. Still, with two Hobbit films, roles as a god and a musketeer in Immortals and Three Musketeers plus a Fast and Furious 6 villain chalked up in that time, he's certainly making up for lost time. He's used to playing catch-up though: "It took me until I was 30 to pass my driving test because there's no need to drive when you live in London," he said while promoting the car-crazy action film's DVD release.
He also had to play catch-up with his co-stars, forced to do a scene the moment he hit the set. "[It] was my first day and in the scene I get manhandled down the stairs, handcuffed [and] dragged about by Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs). Then I was dragged in front of the whole cast who I had not even met and yet I was supposed to be thinking about all the characters and why I hated them in the film. I end up receiving a punch in the face from Paul Walker (Brian O'Conner) and get eyeballed by Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto) and then end up - which is not in the film - kissing Gina Carano (Riley) on the way out! That was my first day on set and then they said, 'OK, cut. We can have a break now. Luke, do you want to meet the cast?' ''
Evans has some more big roles in the pipeline. "I have just landed my first leading man, Dracula for Universal, which is a huge deal and I am very excited about that."
A Cruella fate
Move over Glenn Close, Cruella de Vil is due back on screen. Close famously transformed the cartoon villain of 101 Dalmations fame into a live-action image of evil canine-clad style in 1996 and now Disney has decided the concept for next year's Maleficent, which stars Angelina Jolie as the villainess from Sleeping Beauty, is such a good one, they want to do it again.