Bryan joins the black list
Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston is set to star as blacklisted American screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
Cranston, who is in cinemas in the thriller Cold Comes The Night, will play the writer who was once the highest paid of his day...before being brought before Senator Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee.
Refusing to testify, Trumbo was blacklisted, but continued to write under fake names, winning Academy Awards for both Irving Rapper's The Brave One and William Wyler's Roman Holiday.
After blacklisting ended in 1960, he was publicly given credit for two blockbuster films: Otto Preminger made public that Trumbo wrote the screenplay for the smash hit Exodus and Kirk Douglas revealed that Trumbo was the screenwriter of Spartacus.
Trumbo published his first novel Eclipse in 1935 and went on to write a dozen movies before falling foul of the McCarthy's anti-Communist witchhunt.
Jay Roach (The Campaign, Game Change) will direct with a screenplay by John McNamara.