With Breaking Bad coming to an end, Bryan Cranston is looking for new projects. Now he’s landed his first major feature film starring role, as he’s to play blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a biopic, simply called Trumbo, according to Variety.
Dalton was the highest-paid screenwriter of his era, earning an Oscar nomination for his screenplay Kitty Foyle. However, his career came crashing to a halt when he was called before House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), but refused to answer any questions about his political affiliations.
He was sent to prison and then became one of the infamous ‘Hollywood 10’, who were completely blacklisted from the studio system. Trumbo refused to give in and ended up winning two Academy Awards in the 1950s, for the classics Roman Holiday and The Brave One, which he wrote under pen names. He eventually launched a campaign to end the blacklist once and for all, going on to write other classics such as Spartacus, Exodus and Papillon. He died of lung cancer in 1976.
Jay Roach is set to direct from a screenplay by John McNamara, with filming planned for sometime next year.