Helen Mirren
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Helen Mirren is in talks to co-star with Bryan Cranston in the biopic “Trumbo,” which is based on the life of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Jay Roach is attached to direct with Michael London producing through his Groundswell Productions banner, along with Janice Williams and John McNamara.

Considered one of the great screenwriters of his time, Trumbo saw his career come to a halt when he was blacklisted after he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee’s investigation of communist influences in the nation. He continued writing under pseudonyms and won two Academy Awards while blacklisted. He resumed his career under his own name after the blacklist effectively ended after 1960. His credits include “Roman Holiday” and “Spartacus.”

No production date has been set and the film is still looking for a distributor.

Mirren is no stranger to portraying real-life figures, appearing in such biopics as Fox Searchlight’s “Hitchcock,” the HBO miniseries “Phil Spector” and “Elizabeth I,” and, of course, her Oscar-winning perf as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen.” She is repped by CAA.

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