Posted on Friday, January 7th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Clint Eastwood will soon be shooting J. Edgar, with Leonardo DiCaprio starring as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as his right hand man and rumored lover, Clyde Tolson. We haven’t known a great deal about the film, but now Mr. Hammer has talked a bit about the film, letting us know a bit of what we can expect to see.
Vulture offers up some tidbits, which can be quickly summarized as such:
Judi Dench, recently cast, is confirmed as the mother of J. Edgar Hoover.
There will be at least one onscreen kiss between Hoover and Tolson.
While most of the script features versions of the men in their ’30s, there are a couple flashforwards that see them in their ’70s. For those sequences makeup will be used to age the actors. Hammer says, “I’m playing Toulson up to his elderly age! Makeup stuff comes within the next couple weeks. We’re definitely doing a lot of wardrobe stuff right now, but the makeup stuff we haven’t done yet.
I’m fascinated by Hoover as a figure, and as a character, and the cast for this film is looking good. Charlize Theron isn’t yet confirmed, but Mr. Eastwood sounded positive about the liklihood of her signing on. And Damon Herriman is cast as Bruno Hauptmann, who committed ‘the Crime of the Century’ when he kidnapped and killed the Lindbergh baby. We still don’t know how his story will factor into the film, other than it likely places the core action of the film in the early to mid ’30s, as the crime took place in ’32 and Hauptmann was tried in ’35.
J. Edgar is based on a script by Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and should shoot within the next couple months.