After six years of wowing as Walter White in the Emmy winning television drama Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston looks set to impress in a new role as real-life Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
Trumbo was a successful scriptwriter whose suspected left-wing leanings caused him to be caught up in the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s McCarthy era. Trumbo, alongside many other high-profile Hollywood figures, was blacklisted by the House of Un-American Activities and subsequently found himself embroiled in a fight against the US Government and Hollywood. Trumbo’s absorbing real-life story will be directed by John McNamara, co-starring Diane Lane and Elle Fanning as Trumbo’s wife and daughter, alongside Louis C.K and Helen Mirren.
The visually striking trailer highlights Trumbo’s initial success, his quest for freedom of speech, the toll his fight takes on him and his defiant quest to continue writing, even if it means sitting in a film theatre watching Roman Holiday amongst cinema-goers who have no idea he is the writer. With a compelling Cold War setting, the throwback to old Hollywood glamour, the important and always-timely message and the hype surrounding Cranston’s performance, Trumbo is set to be one of winter’s must-see movies.
Following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and a subsequent American release this November, Trumbo will hit UK cinemas in January 2016.