Bryan Cranston has a new crime drama coming to Amazon, and the wait is almost over. The online retailer-slash-streamer has finally revealed Sneaky Pete‘s premiere date and official trailer.
The series follows a con man named Marius (Giovanni Ribisi), who is about to be released from jail when he finds out that a scary gangster (Cranston) is after him. He owes the man, Vince, $100,000, and his brother’s life is at stake. To deal with the situation, he borrows the identity of his cellmate, Pete, and tries to find a way to get the money.
Marius ends up stepping into Pete’s shoes and showing up on the doorsteps of the other man’s grandparents, to whom he tries to explain his 20-year absence. It appears easy enough at first, but the family is more complicated than expected, with their own secrets to hide. Pete’s grandmother, Audrey (Margo Martindale), in particular, displays a healthy amount of skepticism and is clearly no doddering old woman.
Whatever Pete faces, his reactions will be intriguing. “A liar gets caught in a lie, they don’t come clean,” he says in the preview. “They build a bigger lie.”
We may also be challenged to figure out when he is and isn’t playing a role. The last line in the trailer seems to hint at big twists: “If you think you know who I really am, you’ve been conned.”
Sneaky Pete offers more than just a compelling story. The series gives us Cranston’s first major TV project since Breaking Bad wrapped in 2013. After his much-lauded run on the show, we have high hopes for his latest crime drama.
Sneaky Pete Season 1 hits Amazon on Friday, January 13.