By Sara Whitman
Dalton Trumbo is one of the most controversial figures in Hollywood history—he was a marvelous screenwriter in the 1940s who found himself back-listed in Hollywood due to his political beliefs. Now, we get an extended look of his peculiar story with the newly released Trumbo movie trailer.
Director Jay Roach has worked on big-name comedies such as Austin Powers and Meet the Parents. However, his direction of Trumbo aligns more with his work for HBO, which include movies Recount and Game Change. Bryan Cranston stars as the nominal screenwriter while he is at the top of his game, but finds himself shielded from Hollywood because of his communist ties and in a battle with the U.S. government over words and freedom. Due to his unwillingness to testify against other Hollywood figures, Trumbo found himself in federal prison. Despite the cut into his fame and stay in prison, he was able to script one of the most well-known epics of all time: Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus.
Trumbo has been in the works for a few years, as there were reports that Cranston and Roach were involved with the project in 2013. The time spent creating the movie allowed for an impressive cast: John Goodman, Louis C.K., Helen Mirren, Stephen Root, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Alan Tudyk, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
John McNamara wrote the screenplay for Trumbo, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Trumbo is due for a limited release on November 6, 2015.