It did not take very long at all for RJ Mitte to land some more work following the end of the “Breaking Bad” series finale earlier this week. In a new post on Twitter, “Switched at Birth” creator Lizzy Weiss confirmed that the actor will be appearing throughout season 3 of the ABC Family drama.
As for what sort of role he will play, The Hollywood Reporter claims that we will see Mitte in the part of Campbell, a pre-med college student who ends up spending quite a bit of time working alongside Katie Leclerc’s Daphne at the free clinic. He also happens to be paralyzed from the waist down after suffering a snowboarding accident.
For Mitte, “Switched at Birth” is a pretty steep transition over from playing Walter Jr. a.k.a. Flynn on “Breaking Bad” for five seasons. This is a much less violent show, and also one that will not have his character in the dark for as long a period of time. Above all else, it is just a nice opportunity for him to move on quickly so that he does not just become Walter Jr. and nothing else for the rest of his life (even if this does end up being his defining role).
Almost every actor on the series already does have something else lined up in some capacity. Dean Norris is on “Under the Dome,” Betsy Brandt has ‘The Michael J. Fox Show,” and both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul each have some roles of their own coming up on the big screen. Anna Gunn also has another project coming up on Bravo, and even Jonathan Banks, who died during the first half of season 5, has an extended arc coming on “Community” season 5.
Do you like this casting, and are you shocked that ABC Family did not cast Mitte to play a worker at some sort of breakfast establishment? Take a look here if you want to see some of the fun (and wacky) ideas that are out there for some more “Breaking Bad” spin-offs.