Banks joins Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul

28/01/14

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Jonathan Banks is to reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut in Breaking Bad spin-off show, Better Call Saul, according to US website Deadline.

The prequel is due to start in America later this year on the AMC Network.

Ehrmantraut was introduced in Breaking Bad's second series finale and will continue to play Saul Goodman's private investigator and fixer.

The new show will follow Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, before he became Walter White's lawyer.

The original series was based around White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer who turned to a life of crime selling methamphetamines to secure his family's future.

Ehrmantraut worked as a security guard and drug gang enforcer in Breaking Bad before becoming involved with Walt and Jesse Pinkman while trying to get out of the business.

Jonathan Banks, 66, earned an Emmy nomination for playing the role in 2013 and has also appeared in films such as Beverly Hills Cop, Gremlins and Bullet.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has already announced that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are likely to feature in Better Call Saul.

The show will continue to be shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but is expected to be a more light-hearted drama than Breaking Bad, which ended with record ratings and positive reviews last September.

The final series of Breaking Bad was shown on Netflix in the UK.

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