The rate of casting for Rock of Ages hasn’t slowed down very much over the past several months, and another addition has just been made in the form of Bryan Cranston. The Emmy-winning Breaking Bad actor is said to have joined Adam Shankman‘s film version of the popular Broadway play of the same name, and as a character created for this adaptation.
Deadline reports that he’ll be in the film as the Mayor of Los Angeles and husband to Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ advocate character. The latter has previously been described as “if Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant had a love child,” and someone who “wants to shut down rock’n roll in the great city of Los Angeles.”
Cranston is one of the best character actors out there, and his well-deserved rise to prominence with Breaking Bad has let him stretch out into film roles a little more. He’s in Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive (premiering in competition at Cannes this month), as well as the role of the villain in the Total Recall remake. I’m glad that he’s finally getting some more recognition, and I also hope that his work in these movies will keep him going for years to come.
Rock of Ages opens on June 1st, 2012.
What do you think of his casting? Are you a fan of his past work, and do you think he’s a good choice?