Bryan Cranston portrays lauded Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who penned such films as Roman Holiday
Trumbo refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1940s and became known as one of the Hollywood Ten, a group of film industry members who denounced that committee’s tactics. He finds himself on a blacklist, forced to either work under a pseudonym or let others take credit for his storytelling. He eventually moves away from Hollywood, continuing to write and becoming political advocate, and does ultimately receive credit for his work. Today, he’s known as much for the movies he helped make as for his principles.