Jay Roach's Trumbo Looks To Write John Goodman Into The Picture
John Goodman has been pretty busy in the past couple of years, and he's showed no signs of slowing. In addition to being one of the voices bringing Autobots to life in Transformers: Age Of Extinction, he's signed on for the Bad Robot science fiction thriller Valencia, as well as a remake of the classic Kenny Rodgers movie The Gambler. What more could a prestigious actor of his degree want on their upcoming production slate? Answer: a movie that has "award nominee" written all over it, with Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren already signed on to keep them company.
The Wrap announced that Goodman is talking to director Jay Roach to join his upcoming biopic, Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The scribe behind such films as Spartacus and Papillon, Trumbo was demonized for being at one point Communist, as well as his refusal to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. As if exile from the Hollywood film business under his own name wasn't enough, Trumbo also served 11 months in prison for refusing to give information, which yielded a contempt of court conviction.
Sources say that John Goodman is possibly being in talks to play Frank King, a film producer who still hired Dalton Trumbo to work for him during his tenure on the blacklist. The Wrap talks about this film reuniting two cast members of Ben Affleck's best picture winner Argo, seeing as Bryan Cranston is playing Dalton Trumbo himself, but the fact is the two men didn't share a scene together in the film. Which is a damned shame, too, because both men played colorful characters who would have gotten along quite well. Despite the dour tone of the source material, this pairing seems to hint that Trumbo just might have a darkly comic edge to temper the more depressing bits of the film.
It has also been confirmed that fellow co-star Helen Mirren will be playing the infamous Hedda Hopper, a gossip reporter who was more than fine with Trumbo's exclusion. John Goodman's addition to the cast has turned Trumbo into a veritable murderer's row of talent, which also includes director Jay Roach. The man who started his career with such fare as the Austin Powers and Meet The Parents franchises has graduated to politically charged fare such as the underrated The Campaign and the well regarded Game Change; and we're all the better for it.
While there's no deal signed to bring John Goodman into the fold for Trumbo, there's little reason to think that the established actor would not take the offer. There's also no production schedule or release date mentioned, so it's safe to assume that the production could end up starting sometime next year. If that holds true, you're probably looking at a Fall 2014/Winter 2015 release window to capitalize on the awards frenzy of the year. As always, we'll keep an eye out for further updates.
This article was first published on July 31, 2014 and was last updated on August 1, 2014.
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