For a long time, Bryan Cranston starred as an educator who pursues unusual professional avenues after learning some unfortunate news in a television show called Breaking Bad that had a reputation for being pretty good. People said Cranston was pretty good in it as well. It’s not easy following up a performance and show that people seemed to enjoy (within reason, it’s just a silly television show after all), but Cranston hasn’t been keeping to himself since Breaking Bad ended: He won a Tony Award for his performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson in All The Way, which he plans to bring to HBO with Steven Spielberg executive producing. But he recently wrapped another biopic for the pay cable channel with Trumbo, a look at the life and career of hellraising screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo was blacklisted and spent time in prison for his leftist beliefs, before Otto Preminger and Kirk Douglas’ decision to officially credit Trumbo as the screenwriter of Exodus and Spartacus broke the blacklist conclusively. Trumbo’s life, and particularly his famous eloquence and passion, was previously dramatized in a 2007 documentary, which featured a star-studded cross-section of actors reading aloud from Trumbo’s letters.
Since the film takes place in Hollywood, there are plenty of actors playing real-life figures in the feature, like Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren), Edward G. Robinson (A Serious Man’s Michael Stuhlbarg), Kirk Douglas (Dean O’Gorman), Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel), and John Wayne (David James Elliott), along with Diane Lane as Trumbo’s wife Cleo and Elle Fanning as his daughter Nikola. In addition to the aforementioned actors, the film will also feature John Goodman, Alan Tudyk, and Louis C.K.
Entertainment Weekly reports that filming has now concluded on Trumbo, and the film should run sometime in 2015. You can get a good look at Cranston in character in the image up top. Will it be better than that TV show Cranston was on that people seemed to like? Probably, because HBO movies about famous real-life authors are way classier than TV shows about schoolteachers.