HBO’s adaptation of Broadway’s All The Way already has some big names attached to it. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), who won a Tony Award portraying President Lyndon Baines Johnson in the play, is also playing the lead in this Stephen Spielberg-produced/Jay Roach-directed version. Anthony Mackie just signed on to play Martin Luther King, Jr. and Melissa Leo (The Fighter) will be filling Lady Bird Johnson’s shoes, as well. In case you’ve never been to the LBJ museum in Austin — those are some damn nice shoes. Lady had style.
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that two new cast members have been added to the teleplay (they still use that term, right?). Stephen Root (Office Space, King of the Hill, Newsradio) is taking the role of founding FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (previously played on Broadway by Better Call Saul‘s Michael McKean). Marque Richardson — seen in last year’s Dear White People — will be filling the (obviously not as fashionable as Lady Bird’s) shoes of civil right activist Bob Moses.
HBO is well known for loading their based-in-real-life dramas (Game Change, And The Band Played On, Behind the Candelabra) with pretty stellar talent, and this doesn’t appear to be any different. And, with Stephen Root playing J. Edgar Hoover? Well… pity the poor man who takes his stapler.