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Breaking Bad movie release date, cast, trailer: everything you need to know about El Camino

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Yeah, bitch! The wait for the Breaking Bad movie is almost over. As the release date creeps ever closer, Vince Gilligan has released a new batch of news, including when we can expect to see a new trailer and even which familiar face has been added to the El Camino cast.

On the face of it, that’s all we know. Look a little closer, however – much like the original series itself – you’ll soon discover secrets upon secrets and a mystery just waiting to be uncovered.

We’ve gone digging into all the information currently available on El Camino. That includes a look at the movie’s cast, who’s rumoured to be joining the Breaking Bad spin-off, and an analysis of the first trailer. It’s going to be the talk of Albuquerque (and the wider world) come October, so here’s everything you need to know about the Breaking Bad movie – including whether Bryan Cranston is returning as Walter White.

The Breaking Bad movie release date is far sooner than you might have expected

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The Breaking Bad movie arrives on Netflix on October 11, 2019. The release date was announced as part of the first El Camino reveal, which also included a trailer (which you can see for yourself down below).

Wondering how the Breaking Bad movie managed to sneak up on you? Bob Odenkirk – star of Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul – told The Hollywood Reporter that everything was kept under wraps. “I don't know what people know and don't know,” he said. “I find it hard to believe you don't know it was shot. They [filmed] it. You know what I mean? How is that a secret? But it is. They've done an amazing job of keeping it a secret."

Not quite. Reports that the Breaking Bad movie was filming surfaced as far back as November 2018, with local outlet the Albuquerque Journal getting the scoop on what would eventually go on to become El Camino.

Breaking Bad movie cast: who's in El Camino and will Walter White return?

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This is where it gets a little bit tricky. According to the official Netflix press release, Aaron Paul is back as Jesse Pinkman. Meanwhile, Skinny Pete actor Charles Baker appears in the first Breaking Bad movie teaser, so he’s back too.

As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Skinny Pete's very literal partner-in-crime, Badger, will also feature. Yep, Matt L. Jones is back at the loveable goofball, and he's not coming alone.

According to the report, 10 "familiar" characters will be a part of the cast. For spoiler reasons, they haven't been named, but at least we'll see a few fan favourites again in El Camino as part of the Breaking Bad movie cast.

The big question, of course, is whether Bryan Cranston will reprise his role as Walter White. Recent teasers from both Cranston and Paul suggested that might be the case, though it eventually turned out to be a form of advertising for the pair’s new business venture.

Cranston, though, isn’t confirming or denying anything. “I honestly have not even read the script,” the Walter White actor told the Dan Patrick Show in November 2018. “So, there’s questions if we would even see Walter White in this movie.”

Typical Heisenberg bare-faced bluffing or something more? With how watertight production has been, the question of whether Walt is back in some form (despite seemingly dying in the series finale) won’t be answered until October.

Elsewhere, there’s been radio silence on other Breaking Bad mainstays making a comeback. Skylar (Anna Gunn), Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte), Marie (Betsy Brandt), and even Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) won’t be returning as of writing. Only Paul, Jones, and Baker are definitely part of the confirmed Breaking Bad movie cast, which is relatively incredible considering how close the release date is.

The first Breaking Bad movie trailer features a taste of things to come

When many of you woke up on Sunday, August 25, you were probably expecting a lazy, ambling day filled with junk food and Netflix binges. Sure, you may have still indulged in that, but chances are you watched the just-released Breaking Bad movie trailer over and over again for a hint at, well, anything.

The teaser begins with a shot of the outside of an interrogation room. On the wall, two Easter eggs – framed photos of Hank Schrader and DEA partner Steve Gomez serve as a reminder of Walt’s heinous actions. But that’s in the past. Now, the hunt is on for Jesse Pinkman. Inside the room, officers are questioning Skinny Pete, former partner-in-crime of Jesse.

“I have no idea where he is. No idea where he’s headed, either,” Skinny Pete tells the cops. “No way am I helping you people put Jesse Pinkman back inside a cage.” With that, the chase is on.

A second, fuller trailer, though, is on the way. It will air during the Emmys on Sunday, September 22.

We don't know much about the Breaking Bad movie story - but Aaron Paul has given us a big clue

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The Netflix press release for the Breaking Bad movie clues us in somewhat on the plot, but not a great deal: “In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.”

Similar, the logline – a synopsis of a film’s plot typically found in Hollywood trades – states that the Breaking Bad movie story will revolve around “the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”

Not a great deal to go on – but Jesse Pinkman himself has helped leave a trail of breadcrumbs that’ll keep us nourished well into October. In a recent tweet, Aaron Paul shared a Breaking Bad scene with the caption: “Here’s a moment from Breaking Bad to slowly prepare you all for what’s to come.”

The clip, taken from season 3 episode ‘One Minute’, involves Jesse recovering from a brutal attack by Hank and rejecting Walt’s offer – and his presence – completely. Reading between the lines, it sure seems like the Breaking Bad movie plot could explore the relationship between Jesse and his now-dead mentor, all while Jesse is on the run.

The Breaking Bad movie poster shows Jesse trying to get away from it all

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One final piece of news: the Breaking Bad movie poster has been released. As you might have guessed by now, it doesn’t reveal very much at all.

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Featuring Jesse Pinkman’s car screeching away from his Neo Nazi captors in a Camino and the Albuquerque sky mixing with the fumes of the vehicle in a bluish haze, the poster contains all the hallmarks of Breaking Bad’s picturesque cinematography. It also simultaneously gives us what’s proving to be a Breaking Bad movie trademark: very little in the way of actual, concrete information. Still, it’s a beauty of a poster.