Bryan Cranston Books Affleck’s Argo, The Gangster Squad

Apparently starring in a hit TV show for AMC wasn’t enough for for Bryan Cranston, because the former “Malcolm in the Middle” dad has been keeping himself pretty busy in the movies as well. After landing the lead baddie in Len Wiseman’s “Total Recall” reboot, Cranston has now booked two additional projects: a CIA agent in Ben Affleck’s “Argo” and an L.A. cop in “The Gangster Squad”.

In Affleck’s true-story about the Tehran hostage crisis and the CIA’s attempt to rescue some Americans caught behind enemy lines, Cranston will play “Jack O’Donnell, an Irish CIA agent from Boston and Dwight Eisenhower’s wartime bodyguard.”

Affleck, who will also direct, had previously cast himself as the lead, playing Tony Mendez, the CIA agent who created a fake Hollywood production to get six American hostages out of Iran. Who says Hollywood is only good for rotting the brain?

Over at “The Gangster Squad”, Cranston will join Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Michael Pena and Anthony Mackie in the cast, playing “Max Kennard, a laconic LAPD officer from Texas”. “The Gangster Squad” is the true story of how the L.A.P.D. fought back against increasing crime and corruption and mob infiltration in the 1940s.

Ruben Fleischer of “Zombieland” fame (and the upcoming “30 Minutes or Less”) is directing the period film.

Meanwhile, back on TVland, Cranston’s fourth season of “Breaking Bad” is set to premiere later this month.