John Goodman for Trumbo?

John Goodman

John Goodman

John Goodman is in negotiations to star alongside Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston in the upcoming film about the life of American screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo,

John Goodman is in talks to join the cast of 'Trumbo'.

'The Monuments Men' star is in early negotiations to take on the role of a film producer in the upcoming movie about American screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo, The Wrap reports.

Helen Mirren has signed on to co-star as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper while 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston will take on the role of Trumbo himself, who was blacklisted from Hollywood after refusing to testify before the House of Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.

Should Goodman accept the offer, he will play film producer Frank King, whose King Brothers Productions hired Trumbo to write for them despite the fact that he'd been blacklisted, while Mirren's character was a keen supporter of the writer throughout his blacklisting.

Jay Roach is to direct from a script penned by John McNamara and the duo will also produce alongside Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Productions.

'Trumbo' would mark a reunion for Goodman and Cranston, who starred together in Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning 'Argo'.

The 62-year-old actor will next appear in 'The Gambler' with Mark Wahlberg.


  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jay Roach
  • Written by: John McNamara, Bruce Cook
  • Cast: Elle Fanning, Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane
  • UK release: 5 February 2016

Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) finds his career coming to a sudden end when he is blacklisted and accused of being a communist. McNamara’s breezy screenplay condenses complex events and an eventful life into a trim, accessible feature, and Cranston is compelling. Informative and entertaining.


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