Some new details about the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul starring Bob Odenkirk as slimy attorney Saul Goodman are coming out of the Television Critics Association press tour today.
Show creator Vince Gilligan described the show as a "period piece,' nailing down the exact time setting of the series as 2002, about six years before the events of Breaking Bad began.
As far as whether the show will remain in 2002, or take some sort of fluid approach to the timeline, "We like jumping around in time," Gilligan said. "I would definitely point you in the direction that anything that's possible in the world of Breaking Bad is possible."
Gilligan and co-creator Peter Gould also shared some details on the the cast regulars for the series, which includes Jonathan Banks, who played drug enforcer Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking Bad.
Michael McKean (you'll recognize him here or from the photo below) will play Chuck, Saul's brother, Rhea Seehorn will play Kim, Patrick Fabian will play Hamlin and Michael Mando will play Nacho on the highly anticipated series.
AMC also released a couple new photos, the main image above, and this one:
Another detail to note: the show will take begin Saul was even Saul. As explained on Breaking Bad, lawyer Jimmy McGill changed his name to Saul Goodman because "homeboys" all "want a pipe-hitting member of the tribe, so to speak."
The debut season will consist of 10 episodes premiering in 2015, which is later than expected. It has already been picked up for two seasons and 23 episodes.
Gilligan also noted that drug kingpin Gus Fring, played by Giancarlo Esposito on Breaking Bad, could make an appearance.
“There’s always a chance, yeah,” Gilligan said.
“These are all characters we love and with Gus there is so much more to say about that character, and we certainly love Giancarlo," Gould added."Having said that, we’re trying to make something that stands on its own."