Bob Odenkirk is many things. A legendary sketch writer and improv actor. A driving mind behind one of the great modern American sketch comedy shows. A versatile character actor who can bring pathos to a role that might not otherwise have it. An Emmy-nominated leading man, capable of carrying a TV show on his back.
Perhaps most of all, he is one of America’s greatest living screamers.
He’s an actor who can do almost anything. We say almost because let’s face it: when you think of Odenkirk, you certainly don’t think of an action star. But maybe, just maybe, you should?
According to Deadline, the Better Call Saul star is partnering with STXfilms and the producers behind Atomic Blonde and the John Wick films to develop, produce, and star in an action thriller called Nobody.
Bob Odenkirk + John Wick + Atomic Blonde? We did not see that coming.
The story will center around a man (Odenkirk) who comes to the defense of a harassed woman, putting her attackers in the hospital (somehow?). Later on, he finds out that one of the men is the brother of a drug kingpin who is looking for vengeance. Honestly, this could very well be the plot of a Mr. Show sketch, so we’re just going to have to trust all the parties involved that they know what they’re doing.
Odenkirk is in good hands. John Wick writer Derek Kolstad is penning the screenplay while Wind River and Hell or High Water EP Braden Aftergood is overseeing the production. Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch is an executive producer on the project.
The biggest question we have is whether or not Odenkirk’s character will need legal representation at some point in the film. It might be a bit on the nose to call Jimmy McGill, so instead might we recommend Don Pratt.