'Better Call Saul' billboard rings true for Albuquerque residents
"Better Call Saul" ... because now there's a phone number. Instagram user Vince Aragon shared a photo of a billboard in Albuquerque, New Mexico, teasing the upcoming "Breaking Bad" spinoff that will star Bob Odenkirk as the sleazy name-changing lawyer.
Aragon noted that the billboard, which features Odenkirk wearing what appears to be a wig, is located "on the south side of the AHS campus, near Mountain and I-25."
And yes, 505-842-5662 actually works. No one picked up when we called to ask Saul about Jesse Pinkman's fate, but there was a recorded message. "Hello! You've reached the law offices of James M. McGill, Esq., a lawyer you can trust," announces a slightly accented voice that sounds like Odenkirk in character with an Irish twist. "Kindly leave your information at the tone and Mr. McGill will phone you ... promptly."
There is no tone and no way to leave a message for Mr. McGill, and AMC hasn't responded to our request for comment on the billboard. But the network previously confirmed that James "Jimmy" McGill will be Saul's name when viewers meet him in the "Breaking Bad" prequel.
The show, now filming in Albuquerque, is set six years before Jimmy meets Bryan Cranston's Walter White. "Better Call Saul" will follow Jimmy's adventures as a small-time lawyer who hustles to make ends meet. Jonathan Banks, who played Saul's fixer Mike Erhmantraut on "Bad," will reprise his role in the spinoff.
AMC has also confirmed the other series regulars, who include Michael McKean ("This Is Spinal Tap"), Rhea Seehorn ("Franklin and Bash"), Patrick Fabian ("Grey's Anatomy") and Michael Mando ("Orphan Black").
"Better Call Saul" is set to premiere early next year, and will have 10 episodes. AMC has already given the show the go-ahead for a 13-episode second season.