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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bryan Cranston is The Infiltrator

Multi-awarded actor Bryan Cranston, whose popularity is still fresh off his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in "Trumbo" and is widely known for his lead role in the TV series "Breaking Bad" is returning to the drug scene in "The Infiltrator" wherein he plays an undercover federal agent. The film is directed by Brad Furman and written by Ellen Brown Furman, based on the autobiography of the same name by Robert Mazur, a federal customs and excise agent. Mazur helps bust Pablo Escobar's money-laundering organization by using his alias, "Bob Musella". The film also stars Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo, and Amy Ryan. [hit the jump to continue]

Director Brad Furman is best known as responsible for the return to form for actor Matthew McConaughey with his 2011 film "The Lincoln Lawyer", which also starred Cranston in a small role. “We really responded to each other,” Furman told EW regarding Cranston. “He co-owns a great theater in Palm Springs and we showed "The Lincoln Lawyer" there and I did a Q&A afterwards. He’s the executive producer of a television show I’m working on. And so when this came to fruition, and I knew I wanted to work with my friends, he was the only guy.” Given the talent, this film, which is based on the true events documented in the book of the same name, has all the pedigree for a successful film.

“Based on a true story, Federal agent Robert "Bob" Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancĂ© Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger), Mazur befriends Escobar's top lieutenant Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.”

"The Infiltrator" is expected to hit the US on July 15, 2016, and expected to hit international theaters afterwards.
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