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 »

Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t married, but he’s about to be unfaithful to his frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese. The pair met up via satellite in Hollywood this weekend to discuss several of their collaborations and each got to talking about their upcoming projects. Scorsese offered up some thoughts on Hugo Cabret (“It’s going,” he said) and DiCaprio said that “infidelity is in place” because he will be working with director Clint Eastwood on their long gestating J. Edgar Hoover bio-pic in “maybe January or February.” That’s right in line with what the man who wrote the film, Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk), said a few months ago. Read more about this event and everything we know so far about this pairing of titans. Read More »

Clint Eastwood is hopefully going to shoot Hoover soon, with Leonardo DiCaprio playing J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI, who held the post for forty years through a wide spectrum of political changes. (And Hoover was instrumental in swaying some of those political changes, if you believe many of the stories about him.)

There was also a rumor that Joaquin Phoenix might play Clyde Tolson, associate director of the FBI and reputedly Mr. Hoover’s lover. But that’s not going to happen, says Clint Eastwood. Read More »

Last night there was a report that Clint Eastwood wants Joaquin Phoenix to play associate FBI director Clyde Tolson in Hoover, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as the famous FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. That set me to wondering once again about the nature of Dustin Lance Black‘s script for the film. Fortunately, Movieline has an interview with Black from the Toronto Film Festival, in which he talks in some detail about his approach to the story. Read More »


Clint Eastwood still hasn’t got a final signed deal that will have Leonardo DiCaprio playing legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, but the film Hoover is still moving forward. There’s a report now saying that Joaquin Phoenix is Eastwood’s top choice for another role in the film: associate FBI director and reported Hoover paramour Clyde Tolson. Read More »