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DiCaprio in talks to play J. Edgar Hoover in Eastwood’s biopic

Will Schiffelbein

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March 31st, 2010

Clint Eastwood's latest project has been picking up steam lately. This film, HOOVER, has Clint Eastwood in the director's chair and Dustin Lance Black writing the screenplay. Just hearing that the guy behind MILLION DOLLAR BABY is working with the screenwriter who wrote MILK gets me revved up. Now, we're hearing from Deadline Hollywood that Leonardo DiCaprio is in early talks to play the lead role, J. Edgar Hoover. More information follows, after the jump.

J. Edgar Hoover, if you're not in the know, was the man behind the establishment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was also the first director of the FBI, and his tenure in that position lasted until his death in 1972. His role as director was wrought with controversy, as he was constantly attempting to expand the power of the FBI by using its power in situations ranging from political dissenters to domestic spying.

DiCaprio is definitely becoming one of the most bankable actors in contemporary cinema. He's grown into an actor of his own and has almost completely shed his image of teenage heartthrob which he built with ROMEO + JULIET and TITANIC and destroyed with roles in THE DEPARTED and BLOOD DIAMOND. He's definitely a talented actor, whose charisma on screen is undeniable.

Seeing DiCaprio and Eastwood work together would be a collaboration for the ages, considering the strength of the source material. J. Edgar Hoover has popped up in several recent films, including PUBLIC ENEMIES where he was portrayed by Billy Crudup.

However, there hasn't been a truly modern take on this enigmatic man's life and this news gets me even more excited. Eastwood as a director isn't exactly consistent in my eyes, as GRAN TORINO didn't measure up to his earlier work and INVICTUS was quite weak as well. Hopefully, adapting the life of Hoover to the big screen will mark a comeback for this Hollywood icon. Perhaps this will even get Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar nomination, as this will be another big name historical icon he'll tackle after his portrayal of Howard Hughes in THE AVIATOR.

I only worry that people will read the film's title, HOOVER, and assume it's a movie about vacuums.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  • annawoods04

    Sounds good, but I agree with movie mike should have been Billy Crudup and Eastwood delivers likewise he did with Unforgiven and I think DiCaprio's career arc will resemble Eastwood's, in that he's not going to be fully appreciated by his peers, until late in his career, jealousy being a cruel mistress.

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  • annawoods04

    Sounds good, but I agree with movie mike should have been Billy Crudup and Eastwood delivers likewise he did with Unforgiven and I think DiCaprio's career arc will resemble Eastwood's, in that he's not going to be fully appreciated by his peers, until late in his career, jealousy being a cruel mistress.

    reputation management

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