Will Aaron Paul Play Jack Daniel in a New TV Series?

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Aaron Paul is the big name among a short list of executive producers attached to a new series about famous American whiskey distiller Jack Daniel. Of course, this is all speculation, but that’s our biggest clue that he could potentially be playing the titular Tennessean in a new TV series set in the 1800s.

The TV series, which is called Blood and Whiskey, according to The Hollywood Reporter, has been picked up by WGN America and is based on the book Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel. It will chronicle the now-famous man behind the world’s largest whiskey brand, a Reconstruction-era Tennessee moonshiner who would lay the foundation for a whiskey empire and plenty of hangovers.

Writer Andrew Colville (whose credits include Mad Men, Lone Star, and Turn) has been selected to write the script, but that’s about it as far as official statements go. It doesn’t even have a studio yet. If, for some reason, Paul is not playing Daniel on the series, maybe he’ll either play a large supporting role or plan to go behind the camera and take this as a directorial opportunity. Since the wrap on his most famous role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad in 2013, Paul has done more than a dozen films. He’s also spent significant time on the small screen in roles for The Path and BoJack Horseman.

Whatever the outcome, we’re never against the idea of more whiskey-based entertainment, or more Aaron Paul. And with a good writer at the helm, this series sounds like a can’t-lose concept. We just hope he’s ready to play a backyard chemist running from the law and creating illegal products to be enjoyed by toothless customers. 

Seriously, this might as well be a Breaking Bad prequel.

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