Bob Odenkirk Will Be Part Of The Bear’s Second Season

Bob Odenkirk is joining The Bear Season 2 in an undisclosed role.

By TeeJay Small | Updated

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Since closing the final chapter on the Breaking Bad universe with the incredible Better Call Saul finale that aired last Summer, Bob Odenkirk has been hard at work, tackling leading roles such as the titular Hank Devereaux in AMC’s Lucky Hank, as well as a remake of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. According to Variety, the Saul Goodman actor is now set to take on a dramatic role in another excellent series, FX’s The Bear. While very few details about Bob Odenkirk’s casting in The Bear have been confirmed at this point, the 60-year-old actor is set to appear in a guest role.

The Bear stars ShamelessJeremy Allen White as Carmy Berzatto, an elite-level chef who placed his career and his life on hold in order to run his late brother’s well-established Chicago sandwich shop. The dramedy’s first season saw huge ratings and wide acclaim from fans and critics alike, eventually securing trophies from the Writers Guild Awards and the Producers and Screen Actors Guild Awards. With Bob Odenkirk’s schedule finally opening up after more than a decade portraying Saul Goodman, the criminal lawyer for Breaking Bad‘s Walter White, it seems the actor is free to explore a myriad of excellent acting opportunities in other acclaimed series’ such as The Bear.

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Jeremy Allen White in The Bear

Bob Odenkirk’s mysterious character is set to join The Bear in its second season, which is slated to premiere this June. Since Odenkirk is an Illinois native himself, it’s not hard to imagine him fitting right in with the fast-paced chaos of The Bear’s kitchen staff, which includes Ayo Edebiri’s Sydney, a rising star chef appointed to assist Carmy with getting the restaurant on its feet, Ebon Moss-Bachrach’s highly abrasive kitchen manager, Richie, Lionel Boyce’s untapped pastry savant, Marcus, and Liza Colón-Zayas’ surly kitchen lifer Tina. The series also boasts cameo appearances from YouTube chef Matty Matheson, as well as Community‘s Joel McHale, and The Punisher‘s Jon Bernthal.

While there is no word on how many episodes Bob Odenkirk will guest star on The Bear, there is no doubt the iconic comedic actor will leave his mark. Eagle-eyed fans of the former Saturday Night Live writer’s work may have spotted Odenkirk in recent guest slots on shows such as I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson, Netflix’s Chicago Party Aunt, and Little Women. While Lucky Hank has not yet been picked up for a second season by AMC, all signs point to the Bob Odenkirk-led series getting renewed, as several of the writing staff from Better Call Saul are attached as producers.

With only a few more months until The Bear‘s Season 2 premiere, we won’t be on the edge of our seats for very long. In the meantime, you can check out Bob Odenkirk’s recent autobiography, Comedy, Comedy, Comedy, Drama in bookstores around the country, while the first season of The Bear is available to stream via Hulu.