Ex-Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has reportedly accepted an offer to star in the second season of the American television drama series Better Call Saul. It is understood that talks between Saul’s creator Vince Gilligan and Clarkson took place early last month, shortly after he was suspended by the BBC.
Clarkson’s publicist from Performing Artistes Agency, Linda Roch, confirmed the signing this morning, just hours after his contract with the BBC lapsed.
“Having been a fan of Breaking Bad for many years, Jeremy is incredibly excited to have been offered this role and he seized it with both hands,” Roch said.
“We weren’t able to announce anything until Jeremy’s contract with the BBC expired, but now that its all out of the way we wanted to make an announcement immediately to inform his millions of fans around the world that they’ll be seeing him back on television soon.”
The second season of Saul is slated to begin early 2016, but a source inside the production team has suggested that Clarkson may play the role of a British drug kingpin, who runs an operation out of Las Vegas and is looking to expand his operations into Albuquerque. If true, the move means Clarkson will follow a well-worn Hollywood tradition of a British actor being cast as a villain.
While many have criticised the move, the fact remains that Clarkson is extremely comfortable with acting in-front of the camera, after dealing with many years of scripted scenes in Top Gear. So the move to acting full time is in fact a fairly natural progression for him.
We’re looking forward to seeing him in action early next year and will bring you all the latest developments as they happen. Stay tuned!