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Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren tangle in new photo from Trumbo

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The lineup for this year’s Toronto Film Festival, announced earlier Tuesday, includes the world premiere of Jay Roach’s Trumbo, with a mustache-sporting Bryan Cranston starring as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Trumbo’s successful career was practically crushed when he and other Hollywood figures were blacklisted during the Communist witch-hunt that erupted at the beginning of the Cold War in the late 1940s. Trumbo and nine other leading Hollywood artists were called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947, but refused to name names of other suspected Communists. 

The controversy entangled most everyone in showbiz, from red-baiting gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (played by Helen Mirren, above) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Trumbo went to jail for his silence before Congress and only was able to return to Hollywood by working under the veil of pseudonyms. 

Trumbo also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Alan Tudyk, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

The film will debut at TIFF in September, and heads to theaters on Nov. 6. See another photo from the film with Cranston and Lane, who plays his wife, Cleo, below. 

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