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HELEN MIRREN TO PLAY POWERFUL GOSSIP COLUMNIST HOPPER

May 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Helen Mirren has been set to portray right-wing gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in a biopic about famed blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. In an age when gossip columnists could be fearsome forces, Hopper staunchly supported the effort to ban suspected communists and “fellow travelers” from the movie business. It had previously been announced that Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston would star in the title role of Trumbo. At the time that Trumbo was convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about communists in Hollywood during the early 1940s, he was one of the most prolific screenwriters in the business. He continued writing under assumed names (and a reduction in pay) after studios, fearing a backlash from anti-communist crusaders such as Hopper, refused to consider scripts written under his actual name. In 1957, he won the Oscar for The Brave One under the name of Robert Rich. It eventually turned out that the real Robert Rich was the nephew of the King Brothers, who produced the film.