TV movies are clearly all the rage these days, and award-winning actors Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren want in.

The duo have signed on to star in Trumbo, a movie telling the story of famous Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo was a highly successful writer before being blackballed by studios in the late 1940s when he refused to testify for the House Committee on Un-American Activities. He wrote under a different name for many years, and after a prolonged struggle was finally able to get credit for films like Roman Holiday and Spartacus using his real name.

Cranston will play the main character and Mirren is going to play Hedda Hopper, a journalist who vigorously pursues Cranston’s blacklisting. John Goodman is also rumored to be involved, possibly playing a producer in a role that sounds a lot like his terrific character from Argo.

The movie is going to be directed by Jay Roach, perhaps best known for helming the Austin Powers movies. Despite this promising cast, if this newest effort is anything like Goldmember we’ll probably have to go ahead and skip it.


[via EW]