EXCLUSIVE: Heisenberg, on the Great Wall of China? Bryan Cranston is in early talks to co-star in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. This development closely follows Deadline’s Saturday scoop that Legendary and Matt Damon are trying to see if they can work out his busy schedule (he shoots Ridley Scott’s The Martian and likely follows with the Paul Greengrass-directed Bourne Identity sequel) so that he can play the lead in the China-set epic. Damon is keen on working with Zhang, and nearly did so on Flowers Of War, the picture that Christian Bale starred in. The Bourne Identity‘s Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent draft of the adventure film. Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro did the earlier draft.
The Great Wall will be produced by Thomas Tull, Charles Roven, Jon Jashni, Richard Suckle and Peter Loehr; Alex Gartner, Jillian Share, and Bennett Walsh are exec producers.
Cranston starred for Legendary in the franchise relaunch Godzilla. He moves to the big screen after winning the Emmy for Best Lead Drama Actor for Breaking Bad; and shared two for Outstanding Drama Series with exec producers including Vince Gilligan and Mark Johnson. He’s repped by UTA.