Bryan Cranston, who won an Emmy and a Golden Globes for his portrayal of Walter White in the television series “Breaking Bad,” will star in the American version of the Israeli drama “Kvodo,” the website Variety reported on Thursday.
The Israeli show was created by Shlomo Moshiah and Ron Ninio. It was broadcast on Yes TV in 2017.
The American version, which will be aired by Showtime under the title “Your Honor,” will consist of a single season of 10 episodes.
As in the original series, which starred Yoram Hattab, Cranston will play an admired judge who discovers that his son, while driving without a license, was involved in a hit-and-run accident with a motorcyclist. The story becomes even more complicated when the identity of the victim is discovered. Ultimately, the father must choose between his life as a law-abiding judge and his love for his son.
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The show’s executive producers will be Robert and Michelle King, creators of “The Good Wife.” They will be joined in that role by Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya and Liz Glotzer. The British screenwriter Peter Moffat (“Criminal Justice”) will write the script and also serve as the series’ artistic director.
“Peter, Michelle and Robert have crafted an original thriller with gut-wrenching suspense, raw emotion and moral complexity,” Gary Levine, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, told Variety. “And we are simply ecstatic that Bryan Cranston, one of the planet’s finest actors, shares our enthusiasm and has agreed to play the lead. I can’t wait to shoot ‘Your Honor’ and show it to the world!”
This will be Cranston’s first starring role on television since “Breaking Bad.” The actor, who also appeared in “Seinfeld” and “Malcolm in the Middle,” among other shows, has played both dramatic and comedic roles since Breaking Bad went off air in 2013.
Cranston was an Oscar nominee for his role in the film “Trumbo,” he also starred in the films “The Infiltrator” and “Why him?” Together with David Shore (“House”). Cranston created the crime drama series “Sneaky Pete,” in which he also acted. He returned to the stage in the drama “Network,” and aside from the praise he earned for his performance, he also won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award.