Bryan Cranston, whose film career has gone ballistic since taking on the role of Walter White in AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad,’ is in talks to join ‘World War Z,’ a post-apocalyptic thriller starring Brad Pitt.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cranston’s part is small but flashy, which we don’t doubt since the actor has such a full schedule: He’s just finished ‘Drive,’ ‘Contagion,’ ‘Leave,’ ‘Red Tails’ and ‘John Carter’ and is working on ‘Rock of Ages,’ ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Argo.’ Whew!

‘World War Z’ is an adaptation of Max Brooks’ 2006 novel, ‘World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,’ in which a UN representative conducts first-person interviews with survivors of the great zombie war that almost wiped out humankind.

Marc Forster is directing the film for Paramount. Forster is quite an eclectic director, and it will be interesting to see what he does with the film. He made a big splash with 2001’s ‘Monster Ball,’ gave Will Ferrell one of his best roles in ‘Stranger Than Fiction,’ tackled a tough subject in the adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’ and helmed the James Bond ‘Quantum of Solace.’ His latest, ‘Machine Gun Preacher,’ about a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children, will see a limited release in late September.

‘World War Z’ will be released in 2012.

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