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'Breaking Bad' star Giancarlo Esposito joins 'Maze Runner' sequel

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GIANCARLO ESPOSITO

Gus Fring is headed to the Scorch. Giancarlo Esposito, who played one of Breaking Bad’s most villainous characters, has joined The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, EW has confirmed.

The Emmy-nominated actor will play Jorge, a leader of the Cranks, a group of survivors who run into the group of teenagers led by returning star Dylan O’Brien. Maze Runner Director Wes Ball will be back to helm the sequel, which welcomes back Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Also new to the cast are Parenthood‘s Rosa Salazar as Brenda, Mud star Jacob Lofland  as Aris Jones, and  Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) as Assistant Director Janson, the villain known as Rat-Man.

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is set to begin filming this month. Fox has slated the film for a Sept. 18, 2015 release.

After The Scorch Trials, Esposito will appear in the live-action Jungle Book remake alongside Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, and Scarlett Johansson.

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