‘Electric Dreams’: Bryan Cranston Tackles Sci-Fi in Next Big TV Role

Bryan Cranston | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Bryan Cranston | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Bryan Cranston is returning to TV in a very different role. The former Breaking Bad star is set to take on the world of sci-fi in Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick, a new 10-part anthology series based on Dick’s short stories of the same name.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Electric Dreams will be a co-production between Sony Pictures Television and British broadcaster Channel 4. Each episode will act as a standalone drama that will illustrate Dick’s “prophetic vision and celebrate the enduring appeal of his works.” The author is known for renowned stories, such as The Man in the High Castle, A Scanner Darkly, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the latter of which became the basis of Ridley Scott’s hit Blade Runner.

The Emmy-nominated Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) and Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex) will pen the series. Meanwhile, Cranston will appear in the show, although the exact nature of his role hasn’t been specified. Since the show has an anthology format, it’s possible that he may play more than one character.

“This is an electric dream come true,” Cranston said of the project in a public statement. “We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master.”

In addition to appearing in the series, Cranston will also serve as an executive producer alongside Moore and Dinner. James Degus (Sneaky Pete, SuperMansion), Isa Dick Hackett (The Man in the High Castle), Kalen Egan (The Man in the High Castle), Christopher Tricarico (The Man in the High Castle), Maril Davis (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), David Kanter (The Revenant, The End of the Tour), and Matt DeRoss (The End of the Tour) will also executive produce.

“As a longtime fan of Philip K. Dick’s work, it’s a tremendous honor and thrill to be part of this series. His short stories are a treasure trove of material for artists to draw from, and I think this will be a very exciting project,” Moore said.

For Cranston, this will mark his first live-action TV role since Breaking Bad ended in 2013. Last year, he lent his voice to Crackle’s animated comedy, SuperMansion. Since then, he’s mostly focused on features, most recently coming off a critically acclaimed turn in Trumbo.

Electric Dreams will only be the latest addition to the actor’s increasingly jam-packed schedule of projects. He has several notable features in the pipeline, including Wakefield opposite Jennifer Garner, the Pablo Escobar crime flick, The Infiltrator, and two James Franco-directed pics, In Dubious Battle and The Masterpiece. Cranston is also set to star opposite Kevin Hart in The Weinstein Company’s English-language remake of French megahit Intouchables and recently boarded the remake of the action comedy Jackpot. He also stars in the upcoming Fox comedy, Why Him?, due out December 25.

No projected timeline for Electric Dreams has been revealed yet, but the drama is expected to premiere on Channel 4 in the U.K. first before being distributed internationally by Sony Pictures TV.

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