Better Call Saul Star Giancarlo Esposito Is Still Hoping For a Rise of Gus Prequel

AMC’s Better Call Saul satisfyingly concluded the story of one of Breaking Bad’s key characters, the “criminal” lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), while also fleshing out some other major players like Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).

Better Call Saul creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have spent a good chunk of their careers (almost 15 years) working on Breaking Bad and its aforementioned spinoff, and have decided to take a break from the franchise now, focusing instead on other projects. While Gould and Gilligan haven’t ruled out the possibility of more stories set in the Breaking Bad universe, they currently have no intention of ever returning to the franchise.


However, Giancarlo Esposito is still keeping his fingers crossed for an origin story of his ruthless drug kingpin cum restaurateur Gustavo Fring. Esposito is ready to step back into the role at any time and even has a few ideas of his own. Here’s what Esposito told Entertainment Weekly recently.

“I’ve always kept these [Breaking Bad] pillars in my head, as much as I’ve wanted so much as an actor to explore Gus’s previous life — Gus’ life in Chile, all these things. There is a yearning inside me, and I keep coming back to the Rise of Gus. It fits the puzzle, and we could see where he had come from and maybe explore more of who he really is underneath the mask. [Gould and Gilligan] have exactly said that — it’s not over till it’s over, and you never know. I totally believe that they should take a break. It’s an intense world to live in for a while. And they both have skills in other areas and should tell those stories too. But I’m not averse to one day coming back to him. I just hope if that is supposed to happen, that it’s sometime before I’m 90.”

Better Call Saul served as a prequel and sequel to Breaking Bad and provided more backstory on Jonathan Banks’ bent cop-turned cartel enforcer, Mike Ehrmantraut, Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus Fring, and a few other Breaking Bad characters. But Fring’s mysterious origins and his past in Chile were left to the audience’s imagination. Some things are better left unexplored, but Fring is such a compelling antagonist that fans just can’t get enough of him, all thanks to the brilliant writing and Esposito’s incredible performance. Hopefully, we get to see more of Esposito as Gus Fring in the future.

Giancarlo Esposito Has Several Projects In The Pipeline

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Giancarlo Esposito seems to be in everything nowadays, but that is in no way a bad thing. And he’s usually playing the villain too. Whether it’s chewing out Homelander in The Boys or wielding a Dark Saber and fighting the Mandalorian in Disney’s titular Star Wars show, Esposito continues to win over fans.

However, for his next role, Esposito will be stepping into good guy territory. The 64-year-old actor is set to play the lead in Parish, an AMC original based on the 2014 BBC One series The Driver. Parish follows Esposito as Vince, a taxi driver whose life is turned upside down when he agrees to chauffer a New Orleans-based Zimbabwean gangster, “The Horse” (Zackary Momoh), a man notorious for exploiting undocumented immigrants at US southern ports. Parish is expected to debut on AMC in 2023 and also stars Skeet Ulrich, Arica Himmel, Paula Malcomson, and Bonnie Mbuli.

Giancarlo Esposito is also in talks with Marvel Studios to play several fan-favorite characters, including Doctor Doom and Magneto, but he personally wants to play Professor X. Esposito believes he can bring something new to the table while honoring Patrick Stewart’s take on the X-Men leader.