El Camino: Breaking Bad Movie Release Date, Trailers, Cast, and News

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The Breaking Bad movie, El Camino, will star Aaron Paul, and will arrive on Netflix in October.

“Yeah, bitch!” is clearly the appropriate celebratory interjection of choice for the news about a Breaking Bad TV movie, since the exploits of everyone’s favorite ne’er-do-well-turned elite meth cook, Jesse Pinkman, is set, with Aaron Paul reprising the now-iconic small screen role in a TV movie!

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, is the official title of the film, which will catch up with Jesse Pinkman in his life following the events of Breaking Bad. Indeed, franchise mastermind Vince Gilligan took some time away from the mythology’s current-but-2019-MIA spinoff series, Better Call Saul, to write and executive-produce, joined by repertory collaborators Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. Gilligan also directed the film, which was successfully shot in secret for Sony Pictures Television.

“It’s a chapter of Breaking Bad that I didn’t realize that I wanted,” Paul told The New York Times. “And now that I have it, I’m so happy that it’s there.”

Breaking Bad Movie Release Date

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will come to Netflix on Friday, October 11.

The New York Times first reported and Netflix confirmed via press release. As expected, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will also air on AMC at a later, unannounced as of yet, date.

Here is the official poster, courtesy of Netflix.

Breaking Bad Movie Trailer

This new TV spot reveals a role reprisal from the perpetually-ubiquitous Larry Hankin as shady junkyard proprietor (also the destroyer of the RV and provider of laptop-wiping magnets,) “Old Joe,” who’s watching a news broadcast that accurately reports the backstory of the currently on-the-run Jesse.

The full trailer for El Camino recently arrived, revealing a version of Jesse Pinkman who’s obviously been altered by the tragedies and torturous experiences. In fact, one might say that his inner badass has been unlocked.

Here is the recent teaser trailer, which premiered during the Emmy Awards broadcast. If you pay attention to the news broadcast that he’s listening to, you might just discern some key information about the much-speculated fate of Walt. (You can read more about that right here.) You can check out the trailer below:

While not quite a trailer, the clip below serves as the perfect refresher some six years removed from the Breaking Bad finale, complemented musically with “Enchanted” by R&B siblings Chloe X Halle (the latter of whom was recently cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action movie adaptation of The Little Mermaid).

In the first trailer for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, an interrogated poor Skinny Pete has no idea where Jesse is going. 

Breaking Bad Movie Cast

Jonathan Banks confirmed in an Emmys Night red carpet interview with ET Canada that he’s reprising his role as Mike Ehrmantraut – obviously in a flashback, since the character is quite dead. Of course, Banks won’t be rusty when revisiting Mike, seeing as he currently plays the character as part of the main cast in AMC prequel spinoff series Better Call Saul. The character – depicted on Breaking Bad as Gus’s main enforcer – was a father figure to Jesse.

Matt Jones is reprising his role as drug-slinging slacker Badger in El Camino, reports THR. The character, who recurred throughout the series going back to Season 1, was Jesse’s flighty friend, and was one of the first street assets used to sell Blue Sky meth. His arrest for said slinging led to the show’s introduction of the mythology’s eventual spinoff character, lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). Of course, Badger was also tied to the hip with Jesse’s other pal, Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), leading to both men helping Walt in an ultimately hilarious ruse against his former business partners for revenge and financial assurance for his family in the series finale.

Further Reading: Breaking Bad Movie: Vince Gilligan Has Earned Our Trust

Charles Baker will also return as “Skinny Pete,” as Netflix confirmed with its first teaser clip, showing the character being interviewed by authorities regarding the fugitive Jesse’s whereabouts. “All I can say, I think people will be really happy with what they see,” he told NYT.

Larry Hankin reprises his role as junkyard owner Old Joe, who helped Walt and Jesse multiple times, first in Season 3 by destroying the iconic RV, and in Season 5 by using a powerful electromagnet to wipe evidence off Gus’s laptop.

Aaron Paul was reported last year as the project’s lead, reprising his role as Jesse Pinkman; something that he subsequently denied to help the hush-hush project maintain secrecy. Beyond that, Paul and company are hoping to keep other casting announcements a surprise.

Breaking Bad Movie Plot Details

Netflix’s official logline reads: “In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.”

Barring the initial news of the project (which was subsequently met with disingenuous denials from the cast and crew), director Vince Gilligan was successful in surreptitiously shooting El Camino without any substantive leaks.

A Deadline report pointed to a project listed last fall with the New Mexico Film Office, called Greenbriar, a title that just screams secret code name. Moreover, a logline published in The Albuquerque Journal describes a project that “follows the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.” This, of course, lines up with how we last saw Jesse in the Breaking Bad series finale, “Felina.” Freshly liberated from a meth-cooking enslavement in a conciliatory gesture by his cancer-stricken (later-mortally-wounded) former partner, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), we saw Jesse – beaten and traumatized by an immense array of personal tragedies – drive off into the night, laughing maniacally, leaving viewers to speculate about his fate (and mindset). Apparently, our days of speculating are numbered.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.

Aaron Paul in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie; Netflix


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