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New movie All The Way has been in the works over at HBO for a while. We’ve known the flick would pick up amidst the racial turbulence of the 1960s and would feature a stacked cast, including Bryan Cranston playing Lyndon Baines Johnson. However, knowing something and seeing something in action is not the same thing, and the first trailer for All The Way should blow you away. Do give it a watch, below.
We’ve been hearing about Bryan Cranston’s ability to play Lyndon B. Johnson for several months now, and in fact, in the first image HBO revealed for All The Way, Cranston looked pretty darn close to LBJ himself. However, in the trailer for the new HBO movie, Cranston really goes to great lengths to look and sound like the former President, who will be picking up the pieces after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It’s too early to call him an awards contender from the short HBO trailer, but it looks like it should prove to be a pretty credible performance. Bryan Cranston's not the only actor who is looking spot-on in the trailer, either.
It helps that Cranston has surrounded himself with an incredible cast. The Steven Spielberg production also boasts Melissa Leo, Anthony Mackie, Bradley Whitford and Stephen Root, not to mention Frank Langella, who actually played a President—Nixon—in the Academy Award-nominated flick Frost/Nixon. Bradley Whitford, of course, is also famous for doing politically-oriented TV programming, famously starring in The West Wing (among a slew of other TV programs). Melissa Leo and Anthony Mackie really need no introduction, but if you’re not familiar, the a-list actress has been a part of The Fighter, Flight and more, and also appeared on HBO before, via the miniseries Mildred Pierce. Anthony Mackie has most recently been in a slew of Marvel films as Falcon, and was also in the big screen flicks Our Brand is Crisis and The Night Before this past year. As I said, the cast is full of heavy hitters, and that’s not even getting in to the other numerous names involved with the ensemble drama.
That’s not to say All The Way will be a breezy, fun HBO comedy movie. In fact, I feel like Cranston’s Lyndon B. Johnson is agitated throughout most of the trailer, and eventually even reveals some intense thoughts on politics.
Politics is war. You’re not running for office. You’re running for your life.
We know, that quote gives you the chills a little bit, right? If you are already as invested in All the Way as I currently am, you can catch the TV flick on HBO platforms starting on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET.