'Better Call Saul' brings on an old friend
"Breaking Bad's" Dean Norris, Jonathan Banks and Aaron Paul show off their cast win at the 2014 SAG Awards.
January 28th, 2014
03:46 PM ET

'Better Call Saul' brings on an old friend

AMC's spinoff of "Breaking Bad" is plucking its cast from the original show.

Deadline reports that Jonathan Banks, who portrayed the PI/fixer Mike Ehrmantraut, is going to reprise his role in this year's "Breaking" prequel series, "Better Call Saul."

The project, developed by "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan and writer/producer Peter Gould, will focus on the evolution of criminal lawyer Saul Goodman before he came to represent the chemistry-teacher-turned-criminal Walter White. (Since this is a prequel, it's possible for Banks' character to be revived after its 2012 death.)

"Breaking" star Bob Odenkirk has already signed on to the series, which is slated to arrive in November, and he'll have good company in Banks. So far, those two are the only confirmed regular cast members.

Gould explained to Entertainment Weekly last year that when it comes to setting your expectations for the spinoff, keep them loose.

“When people think of a Saul Goodman spinoff, they tend to think in terms of a laugh-a-minute comedy, and we’re going for something that has a very unique tone," Gould said. "To play with a main character who has the unique morality that Saul Goodman does is going to be in its own way as much of an experiment as 'Breaking Bad.'”

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