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Cranston to play Trumbo in biopic?

Bryan Cranston is in talks to play famed blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a forthcoming biopic.

The Breaking Bad star is said to be in discussions to portray the Hollywood scribe in Trumbo, reported Deadline.

Based on Bruce Cook's biography by screenwriter John McNamara, the drama would be directed by Meet The Parents' Jay Roach.

Trumbo was the highest paid screenwriter of his time, before he was sent to prison in 1950 when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.

Upon his release, the Colorado-born writer became the most prolific blacklisted writer in cinema, and used a pseudonym for his screenplays, winning Oscars for The Brave One and Roman Holiday, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.

He campaigned to break the boycott, and managed to clear his name around 1960, and he was publicly given credit for Exodus and Spartacus before his death in September 1976.

If a deal is agreed, this would be Bryan's first major film role, following the end of AMC series Breaking Bad, where he has won awards for his performance of meth manufacturer Walter White.

The 57-year-old, who has appeared in Argo, Total Recall and Contagion, will next be seen on the big screen in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla remake alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche.

He is also in thriller Cold Comes The Night with Alice Eve, and is attached to lend his voice to one of his characters in Kung Fu Panda 3.

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