THR reports that former Jag star David James Elliott has signed on to play big-screen icon John Wayne in the indie biopic "Trumbo".
The film charts the times of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (former "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston)
Trumbo was a high in-demand screenwriter with films like "Kitty Foyle," "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, "Roman Holiday," "Spartacus," "Exodus" and "Papillon".
He was also a member of the Communist Party USA and refused to give information to Senator Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee. He became part of Hollywood 10, a group of screenwriters blacklisted by the studios.
Helen Mirren is set to play gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Peter Mackenzie will play the liberal attorney for the Hollywood 10. Roger Bart is playing Buddy Ross, a producer who works with Trumbo. Elle Fanning is set to play Trumbo’s daughter while John Goodman will portray producer Frank King. Michael Stuhlbarg is set to play iconic Golden Age actor
Edward G. Robinson, famous for his roles in Little Caesar and Key Largo.
John McNamara wrote the adapted script based on author Bruce Alexander Cook's 1977 book from which Jay Roach will direct.
Michael London, Janice Williams and McNamara will produce.
Production is due to start in New Orleans in September.