Finally in compliance with motion picture regulations, Paramount has begun negotiating with Bryan Cranston to join World War Z, its adaptation of Max Brooks’ zombie apocalypse drama—one that has, until now, been dangerously freewheeling it without Cranston’s stabilizing force. Cranston would be taking on a “small but flashy role,” which is both his métier and, of course, the federally mandated minimum requirement of Cranston. Should he take the part, he’d be joining past and present AMC stars James Badge Dale (Rubicon) and Mireille Enos (The Killing), as well as star Brad Pitt, all of whom will be able to sleep much more soundly.

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