Good news for Bryan Cranston fans: Breaking Bad’s finale may be the last we see of Walter White, but Cranston already has his next role lined up. He’s set to star in Trumbo, the biopic of blacklisted and jailed Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents), Trumbo was adapted from the Bruce Cook biography by screenwriter John McNamara. This will be the Cranston’s next major role after the AMC series comes to an end. Hit the jump for more on this fact-based tale.
As Deadline reports, Cranston is set to star as Dalton Trumbo in the biopic, Trumbo. The highest paid screenwriter of his time, he was sent to prison in 1950 for refusing to answer to Congress’ infamous House UnAmerican Activities Committee. Upon his release, Trumbo became the most prolific blacklisted writer in cinema, using a pseudonym for his screenplays and winning Academy Awards for The Brave One and Roman Holiday.
Like others who were blacklisted and struggled to maintain careers and friendships, Trumbo’s own relationship with his family was put under severe strain, but he continued his campaign to break the boycott. Eventually, Trumbo cleared his name while battling against Hollywood and D.C., and helped end the blacklist once and for all.
Here’s the synopsis from Cook’s biography (via Amazon):
Dalton Trumbo was the central figure in the “Hollywood Ten,” the black-listed and jailed screenwriters. One of several hundred writers, directors, producers and actors who were deprived of the opportunity to work in the motion picture industry from 1947 to 1960, he was the first to see his name on the screen again., when that happened, it was Exodus, one of the year’s biggest movies.