Breaking Bad’s Bob Odenkirk will play the lead role in a new AMC adaptation of Richard Russo’s novel Straight Man.

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The Better Call Saul actor will play William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the chairman of the English department in an underfunded college in Pennsylvania.

The new series is being developed by Aaron Zelman (Silicone Valley) and Paul Lieberstein, who is adapting the book and would serve as co-showrunners, according to Deadline.

The latter is best known for his performance as perennially undermined HR rep Toby Flenderson in the US version of The Office, which he also executive produced.

Straight Man, expected to arrive in 2023, will be Odenkirk’s third series for AMC, following Breaking Bad and its spin-off show Better Call Saul, which will see the release of its sixth and final season this month after seven years.

Odenkirk said in a statement:

“I loved Paul and Aaron’s take on Richard’s excellent, entertaining novel,”

“I am drawn to the tone of humanity and humour in the novel and I look forward to playing this role – something lighter than my recent projects but still closely observed and smart.”

President of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks Dan McDermott added:

“Bob Odenkirk is just as good as it gets. We feel so fortunate to be developing a new show that would keep him at AMC after Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, two iconic series that have been beloved by millions of fans and helped define AMC and its reputation for unforgettable characters and high-quality storytelling for adults,”

“We’re also thrilled to be working again with our partners at Sony Pictures Television and Mark Johnson’s Gran Via to explore this compelling material.”

Straight Man

We’ll bring you more details about Odenkirk’s Straight Man when they are released.

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