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One of the most versatile actors in showbiz is Bryan Cranston. He proved himself over the years in comedies like Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle, and then blew minds everywhere as meth kingpin Walt on Breaking Bad. He's leant his voice talents to animated SuperMansion series in the years since the end of Breaking Bad, but this new gig sounds a lot more interesting. Soon, Cranston will tackle a whole new genre in his next live action TV role. He’s signed on to appear in and direct the upcoming Channel 4 show Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick.
Philip K. Dick is perhaps best known for writing the Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? novel that inspired the classic sci fi film Blade Runner. The title of the Channel 4 project is clearly a nod to the novel, but the content of the series will not wholly follow the plot of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Instead, each individual episode will be a standalone thriller based on a particular story by Dick that has been adapted for modern audiences all over the world. The anthology series will run for ten episodes.
Given the anthology nature of Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick, it’s entirely possible that Bryan Cranston will play a number of different roles. As of now, there’s no confirmation regarding how large a presence he’ll have in front of the camera, but he could end up playing a small one-off or a more major role.
Bryan Cranston will also have a presence behind the camera, as noted prior. He’s set to work as an executive producer on Electric Dreams, alongside Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner. Moore was the man behind the stellar reboot of Battlestar Galactica and currently works on time travel/historical romance Outlander over at Starz, so he definitely has the cred to do justice to the works of Philip K. Dick. Dinner has had a hand in Justified and Masters of Sex, so he has experience, as well. This trio of executive producers has plenty of promise to bring an incredibly unique project to life.
Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick will premiere on the Channel 4 network in the UK, with Sony Pictures set to handle international distribution. Fans of Bryan Cranston on the American side of the pond won’t get to see him in this new series quite as early as the Brits, but it's likely that Electric Dreams will make it to the US in some form or other.
There’s no news just yet regarding when Electric Dreams will go into production, so it’ll likely be a while before the Brits and Americans get to watch Bryan Cranston in his first big live-action TV gig since Breaking Bad. Be sure to check out our summer TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch in the meantime. For a quick fix of Cranston, tune in to HBO on May 21 to see him as President Lyndon B. Johnson in the TV movie All The Way.