Bryan Cranston Confirms Trumbo Movie Role
Bryan Cranston will star as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in his first film after he finishes filming for Breaking Bad.
Trumbo will be directed by Meet The Parents filmmaker Jay Roach from a script by John McNamara.
As a member of the Communist Party, Trumbo was among the Hollywood Ten group of screenwriters and directors blacklisted in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
The panel was set up in 1938 to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities. It was abolished in 1975.
Trumbo won two Oscars, one for the script for The Brave One, which he wrote under the name Robert Rich, and another awarded posthumously for Roman Holiday.
Blacklisting ended in 1960, at which point Trumbo was publicly given credit for two blockbuster films.
Otto Preminger revealed Trumbo wrote the screenplay for the smash hit Exodus, and Kirk Douglas announced that Trumbo was the screenwriter of Spartacus.
Trumbo's son Christopher wrote a play based on his father's letters during the period of the blacklist, entitled Red, White And Blacklisted.
It was adapted for a film in 2007, also called Trumbo, which used archive footage of the screenwriter.
Cranston has won three Emmy awards for his role as crystal meth-maker Walter White in Breaking Bad.
The 57-year-old is nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category again in this year's ceremony, which takes place on Sunday.
The cult TV series ends later this month, but a spin-off series has already been announced.