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Bryan Cranston has found yet another project to fill his schedule now that the Emmy-winning series Breaking Bad is coming to an end. Director Jay Roach is now developing a feature film about the life of Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo and according to Variety he has hired Cranston to play the lead role.
John McNamara wrote the script for what will be called Trumbo, and it will tell the story of how the filmmaker was thrown in prison back in 1950 for not responding to questions during an interrogation from the House Committee on Un-American Activities (the government committee that worked to identify Americans with Communist ties). During his career as one of the highest paid writers in Hollywood, Trumbo wrote a number of classics, including Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Franklin Schaffner's Papillon, and William Wyler's Roman Holiday (his writing credit for the last in the list was only restored in 2011).
As a guy who followed Cranston through Seinfeld, Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad, it's really great to see the actor landing a lead role in a film. While he's certainly now considered a regular lead on the small screen, at the movies he's still been relegated to supporting roles, In movies like Contagion, Total Recall and Argo he was kept just left of the spotlight, Playing Dalton Trumbo could be an amazing opportunity for him, especially because Roach has shown skill when it comes to political-driven drama (see: Recount and Game Change).
Cranston has been keeping very busy outside of his Breaking Bad responsibilities, and as a result has three features coming down the pike. Of the titles only Gareth Edward's Godzilla has a confirmed release date here in the United States, set to come out on May 16, 2014. We don't know when it will come out, but he will also soon be seen starring alongside Anna Kendrick and Miles Teller in the comedy Get a Job and the thriller Cold Comes The Night (which will actually be out in Ireland this weekend).
For those of you who haven't seen any of the Trumbo movies mentioned above, the truth is that you may actually know more about the writer's work than you know. Have you ever heard the song "One" by Metallica? Well, that song was inspired by Trumbo's 1939 anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun, which told the story of a soldier who was rendered deaf, dumb, blind and limbless in battle and lives the rest of his life trapped inside his own body. In fact, when Metallica made their music video from the song their included clips from the 1971 adaptation of the film, which Trumbo wrote and directed himself. You can watch the video below: