Fans of actor Aaron Paul were probably happy to see the Emmy winner branching out from the small screen to the big screen in the last couple of years, but I think we can all agree that getting him back on TV would be amazing. Well start cheering, bitches, because the actor has just landed his first post-Breaking Bad leading role for the upcoming Hulu drama The Way.
For The Way, Paul will be teaming up with Golden Globe nominee Michelle Monaghan, who was also in one of the most critically acclaimed dramas in recent years, True Detective. The pair will play a married couple, Eddie and Sarah Cleary, who are caught up in the middle of a controversial faith-based movement that has a major effect on people’s relationships, marriages and personal power, and it forces everyone to choose between the lives they have and the lives they want. According to Deadline, Eddie will go through a crisis of faith after everything he holds dear and true in his life is met with challenges.
This new series was created by Jessica Goldberg, who was a writer and producer on Parenthood alongside The Way’s executive producer Jason Katims, whose True Jack Productions is the one behind this Hulu project. Aaron Paul will also take part in the behind-the-scenes process, as he’s stepping in as a producer with his company Lucid Road Productions, which now has a first-look deal with Universal Television.
Following Breaking Bad, for which Paul won a record three Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama, the actor went on to star in films like Need for Speed and Exodus: God and Kings, with an upcoming film slate that includes John Hillcoat’s cops and robbers thriller Triple 9, Alexandre Aja’s thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax, Gavin Hood’s drone thriller Eye in the Sky and Gabriele Muccino’s time-spanning drama Fathers and Daughters. He can also be heard in most episodes of Netflix’s animated comedy BoJack Horseman, making him one of the few actors to star in two streaming series on different services.
Monaghan was already a solid choice for The Way, but Paul’s involvement is another sign that Hulu is growing in the original program market. They’ve also got the Stephen King adaptation 11/22/63 coming in 2016 with James Franco and Chris Cooper starring, as well as the comedy Difficult People with Billy Eichner, Julie Klausner and Gabourey Sidibe. They’ve also got a second season of the star-studded parody The Hotwives of Orlando coming later this year.
The Way is scheduled to go into production at some point this summer, with a plan to premiere in the winter. No clue if it’ll be released all at once like most Hulu originals, or if it’ll see a more traditional week to week release.