The rest of the world will get to see Bryan Cranston's 2014 Tony Award-winning performance as President Lyndon Baines Johnson May 21, when HBO airs its adaptation of Robert Schenkkan's Tony winner for Best Play, All the Way.
Cranston will lead a cast that includes Stephen Root (Justified) as FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover, Marque Richardson (Dear White People) as civil rights activist Bob Moses, Melissa Leo as Ladybird Johnson, Frank Langella as LBJ mentor Senator Richard Russell and Anthony Mackie as Dr. Martin Luther King.
The 2014 film Selma was criticized by some for presenting a distorted picture of the relationship between King and President Lyndon Johnson during the battle to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The stage drama presented a much more complex picture of the same events, which formed a centerpiece of both men's careers.
Schenkkan’s drama about President Johnson’s first year in office is directed for TV by Jay Roach. HBO acquired the rights to adapt the play in July 2014, about a month after it also won the Tony Award as Best Play. Stephen Spielberg serves as executive producer.
Roach produced and directed Cranston in Trumbo, a film about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Roach directed another politically themed 2012 HBO project, Game Change, about Republican John McCain and Sarah Palin’s 2008 campaign for the White House.