By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 19, 2013 at 11:56AM
Well, this is exciting. Bryan Cranston, star of AMC's "Breaking Bad," will play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in an upcoming biopic, "Trumbo."
John McNamara penned the script, adapted from the book by Bruce Cook. It centers on Trumbo's status as Hollywood's highest paid screenwriter, to a man imprisoned in 1950 for refusing to answer questions hurled at him by HUAC (House UnAmerican Activities Committee), to a prolific screenwriter operating under false pen names, to the man who ultimately broke the blacklist when given his real screen credit in Otto Preminger's "Exodus," and Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus," starring Kirk Douglas, both made in 1960.
Jay Roach, who in 2012 took home a DGA award for "Game Change" starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, is helming. He's perhaps most well-known for the "Austin Powers" films and the first two films in the "Meet the Parents" franchise. So we'll see what he does with this distinctly unfunny and dark chapter in American history.
The film is set for a 2014 start, and marks Cranston's first major role following the hotly popular AMC series, for which he's won three Emmys -- and is nominated for another one at the annual Emmys ceremony this coming weekend (September 22). "Breaking Bad" has its final episode September 29.