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. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), Louis C.K. (American Hustle), John Goodman (Argo) and Alan Tudyk (Serenity) also appear.
With Jay Roach (Meet The Parents) directing John McNamara's script (itself adapted from Bruce Cook's book on the man), Trumbo will be out in the US on November 6 before heading here on January 22.