Jonathan Banks Joins NBC’s ‘Bloodline’

The former “Breaking Bad” co-star lands a new pilot as the main villain.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

It looks like Giancarlo Esposito may not be the only “Breaking Bad” star to be reincarnated on NBC.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Jonathan Banks has signed on for “Bloodline,” a new NBC drama pilot about a young girl named Bird who is stuck between two warring families comprised of mercenaries and professional hitmen.

Banks will portray  Leo Killpriest, Bird’s grandfather and the head of one of the warring factions who abandoned Bird when she was a child. “Bloodline” is described as “a comic-book-like stylized thriller” that takes place “against the backdrop of modern suburbia.”

After a very memorable four season stint on “Breaking Bad,” Banks is largely known for his portrayal of  Mike Ehrmantraut; the gruff and unexpectedly popular right hand of Esposito’s Gus Fring. However, Banks has previously appeared in dozens of films including 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Buckaroo Banzai, Freejack and Gremlins.

On television, Banks co-starred in “Wiseguy” and he made guest appearances in “Highlander: The Series,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “ER” and “Castle” in addition to more recent shows like “Parks and Recreation,” “Modern Family” and “Vegas.”

Esposito has proven to be one of the best performers on “Revolution;” so it’s understandable why NBC would once again look to “Breaking Bad” for one of its newest villains. “Breaking Bad” star, Bryan Cranston recently signed a development deal with Sony which may mean that his return to television will come relatively quickly after “Breaking Bad” wraps up later this year.

What are your thoughts on Jonathan Banks’ newest role in “Bloodline’? And who would you cast as Bird? Let us know in the comment section below!