Director Jay Roach – the man who brought us Austin Powers and Meet The Parents – is getting a little more serious in his new film Trumbo, a film which brings together an incredible cast. Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston starts as the titular characters alongside the likes of Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis C.K. and Elle Fanning. They collectively find themselves in a true story about Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Cranston), who was blacklisted during America’s infamous “let’s assume everyone is a Communist” era in the late 1940s. The film is the story of what happened in that period, which saw him jailed, exiled but, interestingly enough, how he returned to Hollywood in something of a glorious fashion.
A fascinating Hollywood story to say the least, the first trailer for the film has been released, and you can watch it here:
The full synopsis is here:
In this fascinating true story, Emmy Award winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) portrays Dalton Trumbo, the successful Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted in 1947 by the studios under the direction of the infamous House Committee on Un-American Activities. Holding strong to a belief in free speech and refusing to name “suspicious” friends, Trumbo was vilified in the communist witch-hunt that took place in America at the height of the Cold War. He was exiled professionally, sentenced to a year in prison for Contempt of Congress, and drawn into battle with the absurd Red-hating gossip columnist Hedda Hooper (Helen Mirren). With an irrepressible creative talent, Trumbo would find his way back into Hollywood, writing several scripts under pseudonyms during his exile, including Roman Holiday, and winning two Academy Awards under an alias.
Trumbo will be released in the US on 6th November, with an Australian release date to be announced.