Helen Mirren Eyes Biopic ‘Trumbo’ With Bryan Cranston (EXCLUSIVE)

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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  1. dooby says:

    Trumbo WAS a communist, and Hopper was right to expose him, the gutless liar. No doubt left-wing Hollywood will portray her as the villain and the marxist Trumbo as the “victim”. All these secret communists weren’t courageous, and weren’t “victims”, they didn’t have the strength of their convictions and lied to subvert the truth.

  2. LaAn says:

    Yes, rewrite this article with the correct facts about Dalton Trumbo.

  3. John Shea says:

    Variety should be ashamed of itself! Dalton Trumbo’s career most certainly did NOT end in 1947. but continued under pseudonyms until the blacklist effectively ended about 1960 and under his own name again thereafter. He wrote TEN movies and won TWO Academy Awards while blacklisted.

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