After securing its place among the crowded attendees of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, we now have the maiden trailer for Jay Roach’s (The Campaign) upcoming biopic Trumbo, which has Breaking Bad fan-favorite Bryan Cranston in the lead role as the shunned screenwriter.
Charting the overly successful career of the titular, 1940s scribe, our first look at the feature sees Cranston’s reign atop the Hollywood writer hierarchy come to a crushing end. With a palpable anti-Communist mentality engulfing the United States, Trumbo is effectively blacklisted from Tinsel Town, leaving his professional and personal life in a tattered heap. As Cranston’s lead engineers a way to rally against the system, his campaign draws in some of the A-listers of the time including everyone from Hedda Hopper to John Wayne, and Kirk Douglas to Otto Preminger.
Once the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood at the time, Trumbo’s fall from grace is a fascinating decline that hasn’t truly been depicted in cinema. Now, with Cranston in the main part and an ensemble that brings together Suicide Squad‘s Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., David James Elliot, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alan Tudyk, and Helen Mirren, we’re anticipating a good old-fashioned stick it to the man experience.
Bryan Cranston will step into the shoes of Dalton Trumbo when Roach’s anticipated biopic makes its bow at TIFF 2015. It’ll open in select theaters on November 6.
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.