Bryan Cranston's Next Role: Blacklisted Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo

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Friday, 20 Sep 2013 12:12 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Bryan Cranston has found his next gig after "Breaking Bad" wraps up, adding the role of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to his upcoming appearance in "Godzilla."

Cranston, who currently is portraying Lyndon B. Johnson in the play "All The Way" in Cambridge, Mass., will play Trumbo, who was sent to prison in 1950 for refusing to answer the questions of Congress' House UnAmerican Activities Committee.

After his death, Trumbo won an Oscar for writing 1953's "Roman Holiday," which starred Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.

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The new movie, called simply "Trumbo," is based on the book "Dalton Trumbo" with a screenplay by John McNamara.

"It was no easy living though, as the blacklist remained unbreakable and destroyed careers, friendships and lives," wrote Deadline Hollywood. "Trumbo’s relationship with [his] wife and children were tested almost to the breaking point, but nothing could stop his campaign to break the boycott. In the end, Trumbo helped ignite a battle against Hollywood and D.C., eventually clearing his name and ending the blacklist once and for all."

Cranston has won three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a drama for his role of Walter White, high school teacher with terminal cancer turned murderous meth kingpin, in the AMC series "Breaking Bad." He will be trying to win the award for a fourth time on Sunday.

The series seems to be riding out in a blaze of glory, reaching a "Breaking Bad" record 5.9 million viewers this season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cranston will star in the latest reboot of "Godzilla," due out in theaters in May.

Cranston has also had to fight off movie rumors as well. He told The Boston Globe on Aug. 30 that he had not been signed to appear in the "Man of Steel" sequel as Lex Luthor. Cranston costar in the Academy-award winning movie "Argo," Ben Affleck, had signed on to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in the picture set to come out in 2015.

"This is all news to me," Cranston said. "I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. 'What bald guy can we get?'"

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