Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston to play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo

The 57-year-old's next role will see him portray Hollywood's highest paid screenwriter who was ostracised for his political views in 1950


As Breaking Bad nears its grand conclusion, Bryan Cranston is already looking ahead to his next project. The actor – whose portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer Walter White won him three Emmy Awards – has been cast as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who was blacklisted for refusing to answer the questions of Congress’ House UnAmerican Activities Committee. 


Trumbo, written by John McNamara and directed by Jay Roach, will see Cranston portray the world’s highest paid screenwriter who was sent to prison in 1950 for his failure to comply with officials investigating his political activity. Trumbo went on to win two Academy Awards under pseudonyms for Hollywood classics Roman Holiday and The Brave One as he continued to work despite the blacklisting. 

While his relationship with his wife and children was pushed to breaking point, Trumbo worked to abolish the boycott, a battle he eventually won. He has since been credited for his work on 1960 films Exodus and Spartacus. 

Cranston – who is currently appearing on stage in All The Way in Massachusetts – will be seen in Breaking Bad alongside Aaron Paul for a further two episodes before the hit series bids its farewell in the US on September 29, with the finale available for UK users on Netflix the following day.