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Helen Mirren Joins Bryan Cranston in Period Showbiz Drama 'Trumbo'

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April 14, 2014
Source: Variety

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If you think Trumbo is some kind of sequel to the Disney animated classic Dumbo, then clearly you missed our story last fall about "Breaking Bad" Bryan Cranston starring in the 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. As much as we'd love to see Cranston play a cartoon elephant, you'll have to settle for his work as a tiger in Madagascar 3. Now Variety reports he has a co-star with Helen Mirren taking the part of his wife Cleo.

After Trumbo was release from prison, he fought the fear-mongering system of HUAC, and even still managed to write films like Gun Crazy and Spartacus for the big screen, albeit under pseudonyms. The writer 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 more of the drama, being brought to life by director Jay Roach, comes from how Trumbo's fight against the government created a struggled for his family. Coincidentally enough, Mirren is recently coming off playing wife to another famous filmmaker in Hitchcock. But this sounds like it will turn out much better than that uneven film.

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