AMC today revealed more information about Better Call Saul, the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff that stars Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, his smarmy defense lawyer from Breaking Bad.
Among the announcements was the fact that Michael McKean, best known to our audience as Perry White from Smallville, has joined the show as a regular.
Joining Odenkirk are Jonathan Banks as “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut, McKean as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin, and Michael Mando as Nacho — characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.
Better Call Saul is the prequel/sequel/inbetweenquel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad. Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer and producer Peter Gould created the show together and serve as co-showrunners of the premiere season.
The series is set six years before Saul Goodman (Odenkirk) meets Walter White, but will reportedly flash forward to incidents during and after Breaking Bad. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet.
Working alongside, and often against, Jimmy is “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut (Banks), a fan-favorite character introduced in Breaking Bad. The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the sleazy lawyer fans met in the Breaking Bad episode titled "Better Call Saul." Like Breaking Bad, the series’ tone is dramatic, woven through with dark humor.
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 will consist of 10 episodes.