Bryan Cranston
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Bryan Cranston's return to television has been confirmed. He'll be taking his award-winning play All The Way to the small screen and reprise his leading role as President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

HBO Films are producing a version of the hit play, with playwright Robert Schenkkan handling the script.

Cranston has been absent from television in an acting capacity since acclaimed TV drama Breaking Bad reached its epic climax late last year.

As Variety reports, All The Way is "a behind-the-scenes look at President Johnson's tumultuous first year in office [and] follows him as he takes the oath following President Kennedy's assassination, copes with the escalation of the Vietnam War and launches his landmark civil rights bill."

Despite being Cranston's Broadway debut the 58-year-old actor won Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards for his performance. For Breaking Bad he has won three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and is nominated for another Emmy this year.

Steven Spielberg is on board as an executive producer with his production company Amblin Television, alongside Cranston himself. Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Robert Schenkkan will also produce.

Spielberg and Amblin have been showing an interest in the project since the Tony Awards ceremony this year.