Bryan Cranston to Play Blacklisted Screenwriter in 'Trumbo' Drama

September 19, 2013

Dalton Trumbo

With just a couple episodes of AMC's his drama series "Breaking Bad" left to go, Bryan Cranston is poised to return to the big screen for director Jay Roach. Deadline has word that the Emmy-winning actor will take the lead in Trumbo, a film based on the true story of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted and sent to prison during the Red Scare when the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC) was questioning Hollywood talents about Communist ties. Following his release, Trumbo continued to fight the power, and never fell out of the limelight in his quest against a fear-rattled Washington DC. More below!

During his fight against HUAC and the blacklist, Trumbo was still able to write films like Gun Crazy and Spartacus for the big screen, albeit under pseudonyms. Trumbo even won two Oscars, one which was given to him posthumously for his work on Roman Holiday, originally credited to Ian McLellan Hunter, who acted as a front for the writer. But Trumbo's battle nearly destroyed his family, not to mention the emotional weight of seeing careers, friendships and lives crumpled under the weight of fear. TV writer and producer John McNamara wrote the script based on a 1977 book by Bruce Cook, and this sounds like a great movie for Cranston to follow-up his praised work on television. If you're interested in Trumbo's story, there's a 2007 feature documentary about the writer as well.

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Ethan the first line in the right hand corner I think you mean "Hit". Nice article this is good news!

Nathan Williams on Sep 19, 2013

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