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.

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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 »

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