Jay Roach’s Trumbo follows the true-life turmoil of famed 1940s Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), who was targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee, blacklisted, and jailed for 11 months as a Communist for refusing to name names. (Though speaking of names, he was eventually able to write under pseudonyms and even won two Academy Awards for Roman Holiday and The Brave One).
In the first clip from the upcoming movie, we get to see Diane Lane juggling, and the Trumbos lawn party being interrupted by some suits summoning Dalton to Washington. This doth not portend well.
Trumbo also stars Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louis CK, Michael Stuhlbarg, and David James Elliott as John Wayne, another of Trumbo’s true-to-life nemeses. Check out the first clip below. Trumbo will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Saturday, September 12th, with a theatrical release November 6th.
And in case you missed it, here’s the official trailer:
… and the official synopsis for Trumbo:
The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.