[Movies] Bryan Cranston To Play Blacklisted Writer Dalton Trumbo In Biopic
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.19.2013
His next role is set…
Deadline reports that Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is set to play blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo, which will be directed by Jay Roach. Michael London's Groundswell Productions will produce and the film will begin production in 2014. It is Cranston's first big role after the end of his AMC show, which brought him three Emmys (and a fourth nomination possibly to come this weekend). John McNamara wrote the script.
Trumbo was the highest-paid screenwriter in the world. In 1950, he was sent to prison for refusing to answer the questions of Congress' House UnAmerican Activities Committee. He became the most prolific blacklisted writer, secretly writing movies like Roman Holiday and winning two Academy Awards under fake names. Since the blacklist couldn't be broken, it destroyed careers, friendships and lives. His relationship with his wife and children were almost ruined, but he kept working to break the boycott. He started a battle between Hollywood and the government, cleared his name and ended the blacklist.
McNamara wrote the script based on Bruce Cook's book. London will produce with Janice Williams, Kevin Brown and McNamara. Kelly Mullen is executive producer.
Cranston is currently onstage in Massachusetts in All The Way. The final episode of Breaking Bad airs September 29.