Aaron Paul replaces Emile Hirsch in “A Long Way Down” opposite Imogen Poots

August 13, 2012 | Posted By In Casting | 1175 Views

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Emile Hirsch is out, Aaron Paul is in for the big screen adaptation of Nick Hornby novel “A Long Way Down”, according to Deadline.

The “Breaking Bad” star, who will play a pizza delivery man, joins Pierce Brosnan (a TV talk show host), Toni Colette (the mother of a disabled boy) and Imogen Poots (a depressed teenage girl) in the dark comedy about a quartet of down on their luck people who all coincidentally choose the same rooftop to commit suicide from one New Year’s Eve. After running into each other, they decide to make a pact to stay alive and stay together through Valentine’s Day. French director Pascal Chaumeil will make his English-language film debut on the project from a script by Jack Thorne. Filming is set to begin in September on location in London.

Paul went from an acclaimed role on HBO series “Big Love” to an even more acclaimed (indeed, Emmy winning) role as Jesse Pinkman on AMC series “Breaking Bad.” He starred opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Sundance hit “Smashed”, which generated positive buzz and is set for release later this year, and was also shortlisted for the role of John McClane, Jr. in “A Good Day to Die Hard”, ultimately losing out to Aussie newcomer Jai Courtney. He recently wrapped up indie “Decoding Annie Parker” opposite Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton.


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