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Breaking Bad fans are about to get a reunion between Aaron Paul and Krysten Ritter. The actors, who have remained remarkably busy since their respective days on the AMC series, will be collaborating on a new project. In this case, it will be a twist on the old adage of being seen and not heard. For Paul and Ritter’s latest project, they will be heard and not seen.
What is going on? Well that's an excellent question. Variety reports that both Breaking Bad stars have signed on to voice characters in the Audible adaptation of James Patterson’s The Coldest Case: A Black Book Drama. They will also be joined by Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel, marking another exciting role for that franchise's actress as well.
The Coldest Case: A Black Book Drama is a prequel to James Patterson’s The Black Book. While that might give readers insight into the Audible project, we do know a little more information. The Coldest Case follows Bill Harney, a homicide detective who sends his partner Kate undercover to investigate a drug ring. Bill’s decision to suddenly pull her out causes Kate’s to cover to get blown, and their investigation is subsequently tanked. Kate’s informant disappears along with the drug ring, and the eponymous “black book.” Another investigation ensues, and it uncovers an elaborate web of criminal activity.
It sounds like it will be another dark dive for Aaron Paul and Krysten Ritter, who are no strangers to the ins and outs of portraying characters in a criminal underworld. They did star on Breaking Bad, which hinged on the dealings of the drug business. After their days on Breaking Bad, Ritter’s work on Marvel's Jessica Jones also had her in the investigation business, so this new role should be a good fit.
Breaking Bad enthusiasts will recall that the two co-starred on the series as love interests. Paul’s Jesse Pinkman was the boyfriend of Ritter’s Jane. The latter incurred a tragic end, although Ritter did later put in an appearance as Jane for the Breaking Bad movie, El Camino. It does not sound like this new project will be all that romantic, so the similarities to Breaking Bad will end with the criminal underworld component.
As far as television roles go, on-screen Paul recently starred in the third season of Westworld. In other work, Aaron Paul took a bite out of crime, starring as a convicted murderer claiming his innocence in AppleTV+’s Truth Be Told. Meanwhile, Krysten Ritter has a new dark comedy about a female serial killer, so stay tuned for that. It seems both actors enjoy dabbling in the crime genre.
In addition to the upcoming Audible release, you can watch Aaron Paul and Krysten Ritter on Breaking Bad on Netflix. It is streaming there along with a lot of new 2020 content and El Camino, if course. While you wait for The Coldest Case: A Black Book Drama to drop on Audible, be sure to also check out this summer’s premieres.