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Trumbo has found its Kirk Douglas.
Dean O’Gorman, who plays the dwarf Fili in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit adaptations, will portray the iconic actor in the Dalton Trumbo biopic starring Bryan Cranston.
Jay Roach is directing the indie, which sees Cranston portraying the screenwriter who was blacklisted in Hollywood’s golden age for his ties to the Communist party.
The movie already has David James Elliot playing Hollywood icon John Wayne, Michael Stuhlbarg as actor Edward G. Robinson. There’s also Diane Lane as Trumbo’s wife and Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. The cast also includes John Goodman, Peter Mackenzie and Roger Bart.
Douglas starred in 1960’s Spartacus and was also one of the film’s executive producers, helping to raise its financing. That allowed him to have a say in hiring Trumbo to write the screenplay (giving the scribe a hand when very few others would hire him) Later, he also gave Trumbo credit. The actions were said to have contributed to the waning of the Blacklist’s power.
The movie has U.S. distribution via Bleecker Street, the new indie distribution company launched by former Focus Features co-CEO Andrew Karpen.
Michael London and his Groundswell Productions are producing the film, which is in production in New Orleans.
O’Gorman, a Kiwi, returns to the screens as Fili in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, which will be released Dec. 17. The actor has an extensive resume back in New Zealand and Australia, and recently starred in The Almighty Johnsons, which aired on Syfy.
He is repped by Gersh, Management 360 and Johnson & Laird Management in New Zealand
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