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Bryan Cranston to Play Blacklisted Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Biopic

September 19, 2013 (9:34 am) GMT
The former 'Malcolm in the Middle' cast member will take the lead role in Jay Roach's new feature film.

Emmy Award-winning actor is set to appear as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a new feature film to be directed by "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach simply entitled "". The biopic will recount the Hollywood writer's resistance to answer questions during an interrogation from the House Committee on Un-American Activities which worked to identify Americans with Communist ties.

Cranston's lead role in the said political drama is a long-overdue big-screen break for the talented actor, after smaller roles in such films as "", "" and "". With his versatility, from playing Hal on FOX's sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" to his most recent critically-acclaimed portrayal of Walter White on crime drama series "", 57-year-old Cranston is expected to come through with another stellar performance.

With "Breaking Bad" coming into its final season, Cranston now has more time for his other projects. He already has three movies in the pipeline, thriller "", comedy "" with and , and finally Gareth Edward's "" set to be released in May next year.

Screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo is known for writing such classics as Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus", Franklin J. Schaffner's "Papillon" and William Wyler's "Roman Holiday". He went on to win two Academy Awards while blacklisted, having been part of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify during an investigation as to the Communist influences on the film industry.

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