With just two episodes of “Breaking Bad” left, star Bryan Cranston is looking to the future (even as fans of the groundbreaking TV series try to imagine their own future, sans blue meth and total madness). Deadline Hollywood reports that the actor has lined up a very juicy role next, starring as blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a new biopic from Jay Roach, simply titled Trumbo.
Trumbo’s story is a shocking and rich one – once the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood (writing films like Devil’s Playground and Kitty Foyle), he was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947 to testify about possible Communists in Hollywood who had been secretly planting propaganda in the films they made. All ten people first called refused to testify, and were subsequently blacklisted and convicted of contempt.
Trumbo was ultimately sentenced to eleven months in prison for a contempt charge. After his release from prison, he moved his family to Mexico City, where he continued to work under pseudonyms and by using other talents as fronts. During that time, he wrote prolifically but was rewarded with little money or recognition (and the toll on his personal life was immense). As the blacklist began to crumble, Trumbo’s career was finally able to have an upswing – he won an Oscar for The Brave One in 1956 and was finally recognized for his work on the film in 1975, and he was later posthumously given another Oscar for the Roman Holiday script.
The film should kick off production sometime in 2014, and it is being touted as Cranston’s first big gig after Breaking Bad.
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