Fans might have been ready to shout "yeah, bitch!" in unison after the news that Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad would center on Jesse Pinkman, but actor Aaron Paul has cast some doubt on his involvement with the movie.
The actor appeared at the Sun Valley Film Festival on Friday and, according to Variety, denied that any ink had been committed to paper on his end.
"Rumors are funny — I once heard a rumor that I was being cast as Han Solo," he said. "I haven't heard anything about the Breaking Bad movie, but if there is one and it comes together, I'd love to be a part of it. If it were to happen, yes, I would love to do it."
Paul did agree, however, that his character's involvement was probably essential to the story of the movie — if it happens, at least.
"In case you haven't caught up on the TV series, Walter dies, so... it has to star Jesse," Paul said.
It's unclear whether Paul was pulling the wool over his audiences' eyes or seriously hasn't heard of the movie, but it seems really far-fetched to believe the latter is true.
The Breaking Bad movie was first announced in November. In February, additional reports indicated that Jesse Pinkman, the former student-turned-second-hand man of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the original series, would be the center of the film, as it would "follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom." As Breaking Bad fans know, Jesse finally escaped the confines of the white supremacist compound in the show's series finale, but it was unclear what would become of him following his high-speed flight from the crime scene.
The Breaking Bad movie is expected to air on Netflix ahead of its AMC debut. It will mark the second follow-up to the hit AMC series, after the prequel spin-off series Better Call Saul, which centers on Jimmy McGill's (Bob Odenkirk) journey to becoming the smarmy, morally compromised attorney we knew from the show as Saul Goodman.
Breaking Bad is available to stream on Netflix.