Filming has begun for the new HBO Films adaptation of Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award-winning political drama All the Way. Schenkkan will adapt his own script for the small-screen production, which is to be directed by Jay Roach.
Bryan Cranston, who won Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performance in the 2014 Broadway production of All the Way, will reprise his work as President Lyndon B. Johnson on-screen. Joining him are Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King, Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson, Bradley Whitford as Hubert Humphrey, Stephen Root as J. Edgar Hoover, Marque Richardson as Bob Moses, Aisha Hinds as Fanny Lou Hamer, Todd Weeks as Walter Jenkins, Mo McRae as Stokely Carmichael, Spencer Garrett as Walter Reuther, and Frank Langella as Senator Richard Russell.
Set in 1963, the drama follows Johnson's first year in office following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and explores the president's battle to pass civil rights legislation while the war in Vietnam looms. All the Way also received the 2014 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, the 2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. It was commissioned by and premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and also played the American Repertory Theater before opening on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre.
An air date for the film version of All the Way has not yet been revealed.