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Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC
Aaron Paul is not ready to leave Jesse Pinkman and for this we are thankful. A source close to Better Call Saul, AMC's highly anticipated Breaking Bad spinoff, exclusively tells E! News that everyone's favorite sidekick meth cook is in talks for a recurring role when the show debuts in November.
Casting will officially begin at the end of the month, and production begins in May, but our source says the show's creative team is already talking to Paul about reprising his role—for more than one episode.
We are also told that producers very much want Bryan Cranston to appear for a cameo or two, and he has said he is game.
Go on and get your "Yeah, bitch!" out of your system, we'll wait.
AMC has yet to respond to request for comment.
While promoting his new action flick Need For Speed, Paul confirmed that he's in "serious talks" to appear in Better Call Saul, The Associated Press reports.
"Anything Vince [Gilligan] is involved with, I'm there," Paul said. "I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days—because it's all a prequel—it would be fun."
Better Call Saul, which is set to premiere in November, centers on Saul Goodman, (Bob Odenkirk), Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse's morally questionable lawyer, already has one BB alum officially signed on as a series regular: Jonathan Banks will reprise his fan favorite role as Mke Ehrmantraut, a former cop turned hitman, who (spoiler alert!) died at the gun of Walter. (Boo!)
While both Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston have expressed interest in popping up in the spinoff in the past and creator Vince Gilligan has said he'd "have a hard time resisting" calling upon some of Breaking Bad's stars to appear, there is one familiar face viewers probably won't be seeing: Dean Norris, who played Walt's DEA Agent brother-in-law Hank, as he's currently starring on CBS' Under the Dome.
"I don't think they'll let me do a little cable show," Norris told The AP. "I think that experience was that experience. I'm not a big fan of kind of revisiting something that has already been done. But I think it's going to be awesome. So I can't wait to see it."
And while Better Call Saul will mostly be a prequel, Gilligan has stated that he's open to jumping around in time.
"We think, by and large, this show will be a prequel, but the wonderful thing about the fractured chronology we employed on Breaking Bad for many years is the audience will not be thrown by us jumping around in time," Gilligan told Entertainment Weekly. "So it's possible that we may indeed do that, and we'll see the past and perhaps the future."
Better Call Saul will debut on AMC this November.