Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul has signed on to star in the generation-spanning drama Fathers and Daughters, alongside Amanda Seyfried and Russell Crowe.
The film, set to be directed by The Pursuit of Happyness helmer Gabriele Muccino, will follow two characters living 25 years apart in New York City. In one plot thread, Crowe will portray a novelist struggling to raise his five-year-old daughter while simultaneously combatting mental illness. The other half of Fathers and Daughters will focus on the grown-up daughter (Seyfried), who attempts to deal with childhood trauma and hold onto her first serious relationship.
Fathers and Daughters sounds like a real tearjerker, as well as catnip to Oscar voters, so I’m excited to see how this project turns out. No word yet on Paul’s role, though it’s likely safe to assume that he’ll act as the love interest for Seyfried’s character. The pair actually have a history of complicated (on-screen) romance – before Breaking Bad, Paul portrayed Scott, the boyfriend and later husband of Sarah (Seyfried) in HBO’s polygamy drama Big Love.
The project is just one of many silver-screen ventures Paul has lined up. Next year alone, he’ll attempt to launch an action franchise with Need for Speed, star as a vacant father in family drama Hellion, appear in dramatic comedy A Long Way Down and headline the Ridley Scott-directed Biblical epic Exodus.
Fathers and Daughters boasts a Black List script from first-time screenwriter Brad Desch. Craig J. Flores and Nicolas Chartier are producing for Voltage Productions, while Sherryl Clark will produce for Busted Shark Productions.
Are you excited to see Paul take on more big-screen roles? And I’m aware that it’s absurdly early to theorize but, still, does Fathers and Daughters sound like a budding Oscar heavyweight to you as well? Sound off in the comments section!