Sunday, 30 November 2014

First look at Bryan Cranston as Trumbo

For fans of Hollywood's Golden Age, Trumbo should hold many delights. The biopic of the famed screenwriter will shine some light on the darker corners of the Communist witch hunt and in so doing introduce luminaries like Edward G. Robinson, Kirk Douglas and John Wayne. Dalton Trumbo himself is played by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), here looking suitably learned in a first look still from the film.

Trumbo, the writer of Spartacus (1960) and Roman Holiday (1953), among other classics, was one of those blacklisted for having ties with the Communist party in 1947. Refusing to testify to the House Un-American Activities Committee, he was jettisoned from Hollywood's inner circle and left having to use a pseudonym on his screenplays.

Trumbo will major on the story behind Spartacus and, in particular, the writer's rapport with Kirk Douglas (Dean O'Gorman). The movie star's great clout enabled Trumbo to hire his choice of writer when few others wanted to associate themselves with him.

Joining Cranston on this one is Diane Lane (Man Of Steel) as his wife, Cleo, with Elle Fanning (Maleficent) as his daughter. Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) plays Edward G. Robinson and David James Elliott (The Stranger I Married) as John Wayne. Jay Roach (Meet The Parents) is currently rolling the camera on this in New Orleans.

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