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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 »

Naomi Watts Joins Clint Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’

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 »

John Hillcoat‘s revived project The Wettest County in the World has Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy set to appear when the film shoots later this year, and there is word that Mia Wasikowska might grab the main female role if her schedule permits. While we wait for that to be sorted out, here’s word that Jason Clarke (The Fields, Public Enemies, Brotherhood) is in the picture as well. No word on his role, but with Mr. Hillcoat again directing from a script by Nick Cave (adapted from Matt Bondurant’s book of the same name) it might not even matter. [Variety]

After the break, the president of SAG gets a role in Clint Eastwood’s latest, and a Prom actor goes to The Spectacular Now. Read More »

Josh Lucas Cast as Charles Lindbergh in ‘J. Edgar’

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 »

Briefly: Clint Eastwood continues to pull in impressive actors for his J. Edgar Hoover biography, titled J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio is playing the title role, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) is his right-hand man and reputed lover Clyde Tolson, and the Australian actor Damon Herriman has a minor role as Bruno Hauptmann, the man tried and convicted for ‘the crime of the century’: kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby.

Now the director has told SandwichJohnFilms [via the Playlist]that Judi Dench is “definitely in the film” and that “we think [Charlize Theron] will be in the film.” That would seem to indicate that Ms. Theron will be in J. Edgar rather than Snow White and the Huntsman, as the two films are meant to shoot int he same time period. Last we heard, Charlize Theron was up for the role of Helen Gandy, Hoover’s long-time secretary. No word at this point who Judi Dench might play, but with her in the cast you can’t really go wrong.

Damon Herriman Joins Clint Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’

Formerly titled Hoover, Clint Eastwood‘s next film J. Edgar is slowly but surely putting its cast together and the latest piece of casting might provide a peak into the story. We already know that Leonardo DiCaprio is locked and loaded to play the original FBI director and that both Charlize Theron and Armie Hammer are in talks to play two of his close confidants. The next confirmed piece of casting is that Australian actor Damon Herriman will play Bruno Hauptmann, the man who was convicted of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby. In the States, Herriman is best know for a recent stint on FX’s Justified, a role in The Square and a bit part in the Paris Hilton horror remake House of Wax.

Read more about Herriman’s role and how it might fit into the Dustin Lance Black penned flick after the break. Read More »

Clint Eastwood‘s biopic about original FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, written by Dustin Lance Black and set to star Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, is preparing to add a new actor for a significant role. Armie Hammer from The Social Network is in talks to play Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s second in command and rumored lover.

And while we’ve been referring to the movie as Hoover, the title now being used is J. Edgar.

UPDATE: Vulture reports that Charlize Theron is also in talks to play Helen Gandy, who was hired as Hoover’s personal secretary and worked for him for over 50 years. Read More »