Get a First Look at Bryan Cranston's Stunning Transformation into LBJ For TV's "All the Way"

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People magazine has posted the first photo of Bryan Cranston in costume and makeup as President Lyndon Johnson in the HBO movie adaptation of Robert Shenkkan's 2014 Tony Award winning play, All the Way.

Cranston, who will recreate his Tony-winning performance as President Lyndon Johnson, will lead a cast that includes Stephen Root ("Justified") at 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.

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The 2014 film "Selma" was criticized by some for presenting an 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.

Mackie is known for his performance as Falcon in the "Captain America" films and is poised to star in another historical film, a biography of runner Jesse Owens. He has appeared on Broadway three times, in A Behanding in Spokane (2010), Drowning Crow (2004) and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2003).

Production on "All the Way" is scheduled to commence this month. The film will be broadcast on HBO at a date in 2016 to be announced.

Schenkkan’s drama about President Johnson’s first year in office is being 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, which is scheduled for release later this year. Roach directed another politically themed 2012 HBO project, "Game Change," about Republican John McCain and Sarah Palin’s 2008 campaign for the White House.

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