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Mirren in talks to join Trumbo

Dame Helen Mirren is in discussions to join Trumbo, a biopic about the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

The Oscar-winning actress could be sharing screen time with Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston in the film, reported Variety.

Helen is tipped to play Dalton's wife Cleo in the biographical drama, with Bryan taking the role of the Hollywood scribe.

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

No production date has been set, with the film still searching for a distributor.

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.

Helen is no stranger to portraying real-life figures, having starred in biopics like Hitchcock, HBO mini-series Phil Spector and The Queen.

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