A character actor whose film and television work dates back to the early 1980s, Bryan Cranston will (for some) probably always be synonymous with Walter White. After all, the performance he delivered as the lead on AMC's Breaking Bad earned him four Emmy Awards and endless acclaim from viewers and critics alike.
However, Cranston's only high-profile film role since wrapping up the hit show was a disappointingly brief stint in last year's Godzilla reboot. Now, with the imminent release of Trumbo, Cranston may finally have found a live-action role where he can delve a bit deeper into an intricate and layered (real-life) character.
Courtesy of Fandango, we now have the first Trumbo trailer (see above), complete with an introduction by Cranston himself. The film - based on the biography "Dalton Trumbo" by Bruce Alexander Cook - tells the true story of 1940s Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Cranston). After he is blacklisted from the industry based on his political beliefs, Trumbo decides not to accept this decision but fights the government and the studio heads in the ultimate battle for the freedom of expression.
Cranston leads a very impressive cast in Trumbo too; joining him in the film as Diane Lane (Man of Steel) and Elle Fanning (Maleficent) as Cleo Trumbo and Nikola Trumbo (Dalton's wife and daughter, respectively), along with Oscar-winner Helen Mirren as the (in)famous gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Louis C.K. as Dalton Trumbo's fellow blacklisted screenwriter Arlen Hird, and John Goodman as King Brothers Productions head Frank King. There will also be a number of actors playing Hollywood icons in the film (like, Michael Stuhlbarg as Edward G. Robinson, Dean O'Gorman as Kirk Douglas, and so forth).
In case you missed it, here is the official Trumbo poster (which recently dropped online):
Trumbo director Jay Roach is far better known for his comedic work - having helmed both the Austin Powers trilogy as well as Meet the Parents and its first sequel. However, he has tackled dramatic work before (the award-winning HBO political dramas Recount and Game Change, for example); Roach might still not be the first filmmaker one would think of for this subject matter, but going by the trailer footage Roach's direction and John McNamara's script seem to nail just the right tone.
At this point, it's anyone's guess how well Trumbo will manage to convey its main character's journey. Still, the film sheds light on an interesting time for creative expression and could very well prove to be an awards contender this fall. At the very least, Trumbo will give Cranston a strong leading film role - an opportunity in and of itself that he so rarely gets - that may give him the perfect venue to showcase his acting range on the big screen.
Trumbo hits U.S. theaters in limited release on November 6th, 2015.