Directed by Jay Roach, Trumbo follows the successful career of the 1940s screenwriter and explores how it all came to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. The film tells the story of Trumbo’s fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
Trumbo published his first novel, “Eclipse,” in 1935 with his first screenplay, director Louis King’s Road Gang, hitting the big screen the following year. With more than a dozen subsequent credits to his name, Trumbo was the highest paid screenwriter of his day when he was brought before Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee. Refusing to testify, Trumbo was blacklisted, but continued to write under fake names, winning Academy Awards for both Irving Rapper’s The Brave One and William Wyler’s Roman Holiday.
Starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Alan Tudyk and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Trumbo hits the big screen in a limited release November 6.