Oscar winner Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) spars with gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren), the studios, and Congress itself in the new international trailer for “Trumbo,” director Jay Roach’s biopic of the “Roman Holiday” and “Spartacus” screenwriter, who was blacklisted during the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s. The film, which played Toronto last month and screens at the London Film Festival later this week, is slated for U.S. theatrical release Nov. 6.
As with the new poster for the film (below), the trailer leans hard on Old Hollywood glamour—Mirren’s costumes in particular are a scream—as it builds drama from Trumbo’s refusal to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee, his subsequent blacklisting, and his determination to pen new scripts anyway. (Trumbo’s two Oscar-winning screenplays, for “Roman Holiday” and “The Brave One,” were originally credited to front writer Ian McLellan Hunter and Trumbo pseudonym “Robert Rich,” respectively.)
The New Orleans-shot “Trumbo,” written by TV regular John McNamara (NBC’s “Aquarius”) from Bruce Cook’s biography, also co-stars Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Louis C.K. Though “Trumbo” distributor Bleecker Street is angling for Cranston to become a player in this year’s Best Actor race, TOH!’s Anne Thompson currently lists him as a long shot, and reviews out of Toronto were mixed. Read Indiewire’s Kate Erbland on the film here.