Six years after fans watched Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) speed away from the compound where he was imprisoned, Gilligan is ready to present the next chapter of the character's story in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Most details about the film have been kept under lock and key by Netflix, but we've gathered everything we do know about El Camino right here so you won't have to build one of Hank Schrader's (Dean Norris) evidence boards to piece it all together yourself.
Here's what we've learned about El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie so far.
It's coming in October. Netflix kept quiet about El Camino throughout its production process, so it was a shock when the streaming service revealed that not only had the film already been made, but it would premiere less than a year after we first heard about it. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will debut on Netflix on Friday, Oct. 11. El Camino will also air in select U.S. theaters Oct. 11-13. Tickets are on sale now.
Vince Gilligan wrote and directed the film. The Breaking Bad creator pitched the idea to Aaron Paul directly ahead of Breaking Bad's 10th anniversary. In addition to writing and directing the El Camino, Gilligan is producing alongside Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer, and Aaron Paul.
The movie is all about Jesse's journey. El Camino is expected to pick up shortly after the events of Breaking Bad's finale, when Jesse Pinkman was shown speeding away in that eponymous car after Walt (Bryan Cranston) rescued him from the white supremacist compound. The first teaser trailer (below) for the film indicates that the DEA will still be very interested in Pinkman's whereabouts, even interviewing Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), who denies knowing anything beyond the horrifying mistreatment he endured while he was held captive by Todd (Jesse Plemons) and Jack (Michael Bowen).
There could be flashbacks. Netflix's official logline for El Camino tells us that the film "follows fugitive Jesse Pinkman as he runs from his captors, the law, and his past." When the movie was in production in New Mexico, what appeared to be Jesse and Walt's RV was spotted on set, despite the fact that their RV was demolished long before Breaking Bad's finale, as was Mike Ehrmantraut's (Jonathan Banks) car. If that's not enough of a sign that El Camino might travel back in time, Aaron Paul himself offered a teaser image of himself in what looks to be the former lab beneath the laundromat.
We don't know who else might return. In an interview with Gilligan and Paul, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that more than 10 familiar faces from Breaking Bad will appear in El Camino -- including one "key cast member" who had to travel to and from Albuquerque on a private jet to avoid being seen. Bryan Cranston, who seems like the obvious guess, has long played coy about the possibility of returning to the role of Walter White. After he and Paul teased a collaboration that turned out to be a liquor brand instead of an onscreen reunion, Paul answered upset fans with the cryptic note that "good things come to those who wait." Cranston and other actors — including Jonathan Banks, Jesse Plemons, and Krysten Ritter — have been rumored to appear in the movie, but their involvement has not been confirmed. When asked about those specific potential cameos by The New York Times, Paul would only tease, "I think people will be really happy with what they see."
There's one Breaking Bad scene Paul wants fans to revisit. Although details about El Camino's plot are still slim, Paul gave fans a clue about what to expect from the movie when he pointed to an argument between Jesse and Walt in Season 3's "One Minute." In the scene, Jesse blamed Walt for how isolated he'd become from everyone he loved, but moments later, he agreed to work with Walt again anyway.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will arrive on Netflix on Friday, Oct. 11.