With Bryan Cranston starring in the title role, Trumbo premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday to the delight of audiences. The biopic follows the career of Dalton Trumbo, a successful screenwriter whose career comes to an end when he’s blacklisted for being a Communist.
Screenwriter John McNamara was originally hesitant to write about Trumbo because the story of a Communist hero would be a hard sell to any American studio. Even though the days of blacklisting of Communist sympathizers in Hollywood has passed, debates surrounding the First Amendment are still current and sensitive.
Cranston agrees with this sentiment in an interview, “The message in ‘Trumbo’ does have a tremendous relevance. It is a cautionary tale. At least that’s the way I saw it. It’s an attack on the first amendment.”
Cranston leads a star-studded cast that includes Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, and John Goodman. Jay Roach directs. After a stop at the London Film Festival in October, Trumbo is set for wide release on November 6th.