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HBO Orders Cold War Pilot ‘The Missionary’ with…Jesse Pinkman?

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Not that anyone was particularly expecting Aaron Paul to have to struggle for work once ‘Breaking Bad‘ ended the second of its eight-episode runs and final season next year, but it seems Jesse Pinkman is already heading back to work.  The three-time Emmy nominated (one win) actor may go undercover for a new HBO pilot, and somehow we imagine his dialogue will be a whole lot cleaner than his ‘Breaking Bad’ character…

Deadline reports that ‘Breaking Bad’ star Aaron Paul is in talks for the lead role of HBO’s forthcoming Cold War spy drama ‘The Missionary,’ written by Charles Randolph (‘The Interpreter’) and produced by Stephen Levinson, author Malcolm Gladwell and frequent Levinson collaborator Mark Wahlberg.  Of course, Paul’s role wouldn’t begin until filming wraps on ‘Breaking Bad,’ which will shoot the second string of eight episodes for the final 16-episode season later this year.

Set in Berlin in the late 1960s, Randolph’s ‘The Missionary’ centers on a young American missionary (Paul) who becomes involved with the CIA.  With that said, don’t expect any of Jesse Pinkman’s colorful language from Aaron Paul, if cast.  Bitch.

If picked up to series, ‘The Missionary’ would mark the second of HBO’s period dramas alongside ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ as well as the second Cold War drama developed for cable this season along with FX’s Keri Russell KGB spy drama ‘The Americans.’  Paul himself has been featured on HBO before as well, previously maintaining a recurring role on the network’s bigamy drama ‘Big Love.’

What say you, bitch Aaron Paul fans?  Do you think ‘The Missionary’ would be a step up for Aaron Paul once ‘Breaking Bad’ ends?  Is there room for a Bryan Cranston role as well?  Tell us if you’d watch, and what you’re waiting for from ‘Breaking Bad’ season 5 in the comments below!

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