Actor Bryan Cranston has successfully embodied former President Lyndon Baines Johnson to perfection on Broadway with the production ALL THE WAY. HBOWatch has already reported that he will bring that role now to HBO. As the production gets underway announcements of complimentary players in key roles have been announced and an official press release has surfaced verifying that the HBO Films presentation is now in production.
FILMING STARTS ON HBO FILMS’ ALL THE WAY, WITH
TONY AWARD WINNER BRYAN CRANSTON
REPRISING HIS ROLE AS PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON;
JAY ROACH DIRECTS;
ROBERT SCHENKKAN ADAPTS HIS TONY AWARD-WINNING PLAY
STEVEN SPIELBERG, ROBERT SCHENKKAN, JAY ROACH, BRYAN CRANSTON,
DARRYL FRANK AND JUSTIN FALVEY EXECUTIVE PRODUCE
Outstanding Ensemble Cast Includes Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo,
Bradley Whitford, Stephen Root, Marque Richardson, Aisha Hinds,
Todd Weeks, Mo McRae, Spencer Garrett & Frank Langella
Principal photography has begun on HBO Films’ ALL THE WAY, directed by Jay Roach (HBO’s GAME CHANGE and RECOUNT) and written by Robert Schenkkan (Pulitzer Prize winner for “The Kentucky Cycle”; two-time Emmy nominee and Writers Guild Award winner for HBO’s THE PACIFIC), who has adapted his Tony Award-winning play of the same name. Bryan Cranston (three-time Emmy winner for Breaking Bad) will reprise his Tony Award-winning role as President Lyndon B. Johnson. Joining him are Anthony Mackie (portraying Martin Luther King), Melissa Leo (Lady Bird Johnson), Bradley Whitford (Hubert Humphrey), Stephen Root (J. Edgar Hoover), Marque Richardson (Bob Moses), Aisha Hinds (Fanny Lou Hamer), Todd Weeks (Walter Jenkins), Mo McRae (Stokely Carmichael), Spencer Garrett (Walter Reuther) and Frank Langella (Sen. Richard Russell). ALL THE WAY is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office as he takes the oath in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination, navigates the escalation of the Vietnam War and balances opposing interests to launch his landmark civil rights bill and win election to his first full presidential term.
It is produced for HBO by Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions and Moonshot Entertainment, with Steven Spielberg, Robert Schenkkan, Jay Roach (pictured), Bryan Cranston, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey executive producing and James Degus co-executive producing. In addition to the Tony Award, Schenkkan’s play “All the Way” received Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Drama Desk, National Theater Critics and Edward M. Kennedy awards. Bryan Cranston’s Broadway debut in “All the Way” brought him Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World Awards, as well as a Tony.
Bryan Cranston previously won three consecutive Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of Walter White on Breaking Bad; he also won an Emmy and a Producers Guild of America Award as a producer on the series. On the big screen, Cranston shared a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast of the Oscar-winning 2012 film Argo and starred in the hit Godzilla. His latest film is Jay Roach’s Trumbo, in which he stars in the title role of Dalton Trumbo, the successful Hollywood screenwriter whose career came to an end when he was blacklisted in the 1940s McCarthy era for being a Communist. ALL THE WAY marks Jay Roach’s fourth directorial outing with HBO. He previously helmed and executive produced the Emmy Award-winning HBO Films presentations GAME CHANGE and RECOUNT, both of which earned him Emmys for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Movie; GAME CHANGE also brought him a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. Roach also directed the pilot for the HBO comedy series THE BRINK, which debuted earlier this year, and serves as an executive producer on the show.
There are some big players as you can see in this project. Not only are there accomplished cast and crew involved, but all the characters were big players back in the day when LBJ was facing rough times in the country. He had to go ALL THE WAY or not at all. I guess, even if you weren’t around in the 1960’s, you know which route he took.
We will keep a track of this production has it moves forward. Now it is too early for any footage from the HBO Film, but to give you a fee for the man LBJ and the performance of Cranston and company here is a montage from the Broadway play this movie is adapted from. In closing—take a gander.