Trumbo Trailer: Bryan Cranston is a Blacklisted Screenwriter

An exclusive Fandango Trumbo trailer gives us our first look at the upcoming true-story drama, which sees Bryan Cranston play screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Trumbo refused to testify during the House Un-American Activities Committee’s investigation of Communist influence in Hollywood films. Trumbo and nine other screenwriters were blacklisted from working in Hollywood, and Trumbo was sentenced to 11 months in prison as punishment for the contempt conviction.

What makes Trumbo’s story all the more fascinating is the fact that he earned two Oscars while blacklisted: one for 1956 family film The Brave One (penned under pseudonym Robert Rich) and one for Roman Holiday (originally awarded to Trumbo front Ian McLellan Hunter).

Director Jay Roach, known for the Austin Powers films, Meet the Parents, and Dinner for Schmucks, looks to be continuing his steps towards more serious fare with Trumbo, following HBO films Recount and Game Change. Trumbo‘s trailer does offer some humour, but it’s the dramatic elements of this true story that takes priority.

And Cranston, at least from the trailer, looks as though he’s putting in a seriously strong turn here. We’re in.

Trumbo, also starring Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Louis C.K., Michael Stuhlbarg, and Alan Tudyk, hits the U.S. on November 6.

Synopsis for Trumbo:

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.

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