Bryan Cranston plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in the HBO movie All the Way, and the first trailer has dropped online.
The film tells of Johnson’s sudden step into presidency upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and his subsequent campaigning to become an elected president. Also included in the biopic is Johnson’s battle to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act; Anthony Mackie plays Martin Luther King, Jr.
There’s no question that Cranston is the man for this role. The actor took on the part in the acclaimed All the Way stage play, earning himself rave reviews and a Tony Award in the process. It’ll be interesting to see how the fascinating story plays out on-screen. The first trailer certainly provides confidence.
Jay Roach, whose resume contains comedic outings such as the Austin Powers trilogy and Meet the Parents, directs from a screenplay by Robert Schenkkan (The Quite American, The Pacific).
All the Way, also starring Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson, Stephen Root as J. Edgar Hoover, and Bradley Whitford as Hubert Humphrey, hits HBO on May 21 (U.S. date).
Logline for All the Way:
Bryan Cranston reprises his Tony Award-winning role as President Lyndon B. Johnson in the HBO Films presentation of ‘All the Way.’