Trumbo tells the tale of the successful career of novelist, Hollywood screenwriter and director, Dalton Trumbo (Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston), which comes to an end when he is blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist.
All I knew about Dalton Trumbo prior to this is that he wrote the novel and screenplay, and also directed, one of my all-time favourite films, Johnny Got His Gun, starring Timothy Bottoms, as a World War I soldier whose story was summed up succinctly by Metallica in their powerful 1989 track “One”.
This movie is directed by Jay Roach (all three Austin Powers movies), and is written by John McNamara, adapted from the book by Bruce Cook, with a cast inlcuding Elle Fanning (About Ray), Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Alan Tudyk, John Goodman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Louis CK, and I’m definitely intrigued into checking out the full story about Dalton Trumbo, who died in 1976 following a heart attack.
Trumbo is released in the UK on January 22nd 2016, following a US limited release this November.
Check out the trailer below, plus Metallica’s One below it, and also click on the above image of Cranston, in the titular role, for the full-size version: