Helen Mirren in Talks to Play Bryan Cranston’s Wife

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Actress Helen Mirren attends Roundabout Theatre Company's 2014 Spring Gala at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images) Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Variety reports Helen Mirren is in talks to join the biopic Trumbo. With Bryan Cranston attached to star and Jay Roach to direct, it will tell the story of Dalton Trumbo, one of the all-time great screenwriters, who was blacklisted in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. (He was also sent to prison for 11 months for this.) Mirren would play Trumbo’s wife, Cleo. The part would put Mirren one step closer to finally playing Miss Cleo.