The first poster has been released for Trumbo, the upcoming movie from Jay Roach. It features a backdrop of the questions that 1940s Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo refused to answer when brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee. There was an intense suspicion of Hollywood by the establishment during the height of American paranoia that Communists were just round every corner.
As a result of not testifying trumbo was blacklisted and jailed for 11 months as a Communist. Interestingly he went on to win two Academy Awards for Roman Holiday and The Brave One by writing under a pseudonym.
The film premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015. Also starring are Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Louis CK, Michael Stuhlbarg, and David James Elliott as John Wayne, plus Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, a foe of Trumbo’s.
Official synopsis for Trumbo:
The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.