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HBO’s ‘The Missionary’: Cold War Drama with ‘Vampire Hunter,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Not Moving Forward

HBO The Missionary Benjamin Walker Jesse Plemons Pilot Pass
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Well, this is a bit of a bummer. Late last year we were tracking development of an intriguing new HBO Cold War drama that had initially eyed 'Breaking Bad''s Aaron Paul for the leading role, dubbed 'The Missionary.' The role went to 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' star Benjamin Walker, though 'Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons signed on for a supporting role, with the show to be produced by Mark Wahlberg. Has the project officially gone cold?

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HBO’s Cold War Drama ‘The Missionary’ Casts A ‘Breaking Bad’ Star After All

HBO The Missionary Jesse Plemons
HBO / AMC

Earlier this year we heard the exciting news that (soon-to-be former) ‘Breaking Bad‘ star Aaron Paul was considered the frontrunner for the title role in HBO’s upcoming drama ‘The Missionary,’ shooting after the AMC drama’s 2013 end.  That role was recently given to ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter‘ star Benjamin Walker after scheduling difficulties with Paul, but the show has netted yet another 'Breaking Bad' star, also one-time 'Friday Night Lights' star Jesse Plemons.  Wait til you hear who he plays!

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HBO Casts Abraham Lincoln as ‘The Missionary,’ Aaron Paul Remains Otherwise Awesome

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Earlier in the summer we were excited to learn that 'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul was in talks to take the title role in HBO's upcoming drama 'The Missionary,' after the AMC drama's 2013 end of course.  As of now, it appear that Paul wasn't able to commit to the HBO period drama's European shoot, and the pay-cable network has subbed in 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' star Benjamin Walker for the titular role.  So what's 'The Missionary' all about?

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

HBO The Missionary Aaron Paul
HBO / AMC

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...

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