Aaron Paul Circles HBO’s “The Missionary”

The "Breaking Bad" costar may headline a new HBO cold war pilot.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Next month, "Breaking Bad" will launch the first half of its fifth and final season on AMC; with the second half held back for summer 2013. However, Aaron Paul may already have his next gig lined up.

According to Deadline, Paul is in negotiations to star in "The Missionary," a new Cold War spy drama currently being developed as a pilot at HBO. As you might expect from the title, Paul would portray a young American missionary who becomes "involved" with the CIA during the '60s.

"The Missionary" is being created by novelist Malcolm Gladwell and screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Interpreter) with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson attached as executive producers. Wahlberg and Levinson have produced multiple series on HBO, including "Entourage," "Boardwalk Empire" and "How To make It In America;" which should give "The Missionary" a greater chance that it will be picked up as a series.

Paul is best known for playing Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad," a role which earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Prior to that, Paul appeared in several TV series including "The X-Files," "ER," "Veronica Mars." "CSI," "Sleeper Cell" and "Ghost Whisperer." Paul also recently starred in the film Weird: The Al Yankovic Story as Weird Al himself.

The fifth season of "Breaking Bad" will debut on Sunday, July 15 on AMC.