Clint Eastwood is currently shooting his J. Edgar Hoover biography called J. Edgar, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and Armie Hammer in the key secondary role of Hoover colleague and reported lover Clyde Tolson. Even as the film shoots it is adding cast members to fill out ancillary roles. The latest addition is Stephen Root, a character actor that is always a pleasure to see on screen. (You can see him right now doing great work in Cedar Rapids.)
Mr. Root will play Arthur Koehler, “an introverted man and wood specialist who helps J. Edgar Hoover piece together the mystery of the Lindbergh kidnapping case through an examination of the ladder used by the abductor.” [Variety]
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Here’s your first look at Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of Leonardo DiCaprio…er, J. Edgar Hoover, in Clint Eastwood‘s upcoming J. Edgar. The film started to shoot this week in LA, based on a script by Dustin Lance Black, and a few photos were shot of the lead actor. There’s another shot after the break, as well as a couple of comments from Armie Hammer about how making this film will allow him to live out the fantasies of every teen girl from 1997. Read More »
After a couple months of speculation that Charlize Theron would join the cast of Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar as Helen Gandy, the longtime secretary to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio), the actress finally moved on. But there is a replacement: Naomi Watts will play the part instead. Now the cast for J. Edgar is pretty much set. Read More »
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Briefly: Looks like Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar will have a solid subplot involving Charles Lindbergh and the kidnapping and murder of his child, which was dubbed ‘the crime of the century’ at the time. We already knew that Damon Herriman was on board as Bruno Hauptmann, the man who was convicted of the crime and executed as a result. But the case wasn’t done quite by the book, and claims of intimidation and tampering were levied at police, leading Hoover to open a federal inquiry into the conviction.
Now Josh Lucas has boarded the project as Charles Lindbergh. He joins Leonardo DiCaprio (Hoover), Armie Hammer (Hoover’s right-hand man and reputed lover Clyde Tolson), Judi Dench (Hoover’s mother?), and Ed Westwick (Agent Smith, tasked with writing Hoover’s biography). There’s at least one major cast member yet to be announced: the actress to play Helen Gandy, Hoover’s long-time secretary. Charlize Theron was thought to be a lock, but she’s not taking the job, evidently flirting with both Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman. J. Edgar is scheduled to shoot within the next few months. [Deadline]
As the saying goes, “when one window closes, another one opens” and such is this case with both Clint Eastwood‘s new film J. Edgar and actress Charlize Theron. Reports were that Theron was a basically lock to star as Hoover’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) longtime assistant Helen Gandy but, apparently, her agents jumped the gun and she will not be taking the role. She’s as good as signed up to star in Snow White and the Huntsman and with this change of events is now a major target for Ridley Scott and his Alien prequel. As for the pivotal role of Gandy, Eastwood is now said to be looking at either Naomi Watts or Amy Adams.
But as the Oscar-winning director loses one actor, he gains another. Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick has signed to play a “major supporting role” in the film as an FBI agent who is tasked with writing Hoover’s memoir. Read more about all of this after the jump. Read More »
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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. Read More »