Bryan Cranston has lined up his next project after the hit television series Breaking Bad finishes up. The multiple Emmy award-winner is set to play the title role in Trumbo, a film based on the man who broke the Hollywood blacklist.
To be honest, we weren’t too sure of who this Dalton Trumbo person was. Luckily, Deadline had this description of the man:
Trumbo was the highest paid screenwriter in the world when, in 1950, he was sent to prison for refusing to answer the questions of Congress’ infamous House UnAmerican Activities Committee. Rebellious even after his release, Trumbo became the movies’ most prolific blacklisted writer, secretly writing such classics as Roman Holiday and winning two Academy Awards — under fake names… Trumbo’s relationship with wife and children were tested almost to the breaking point, but nothing could stop his campaign to break the boycott. In the end, Trumbo helped ignite a battle against Hollywood and D.C., eventually clearing his name and ending the blacklist once and for all.
Okay, now we’re excited. Not only does this story sound like it could make for an excellent film, but Cranston is long overdue for a big screen leading role.
The film is to be directed by Jay Roach, who has focused on comedies like the Austin Powers trilogy, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Dinner for Schmucks and The Campaign. While these films don’t exactly provide confidence, we’re hopeful that this great story is complimented by Cranston’s performance. Fingers crossed that Trumbo doesn’t end up being the sort of goofy comedy that Roach’s resume supports.
Trumbo is set to start production in early 2014.
Breaking Bad‘s last episode airs September 29.