Armie Hammer Lands a Big Role in Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Biopic
by Alex Billington
December 8, 2010
I was waiting for news like this to hit! One of my favorite break-out actors of this year is Armie Hammer, a talented, smart and handsome fellow who always stole the show on screen as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network. Hammer was also cast as Batman in George Miller's Justice League movie and had trained for months for it. Entertainment Weekly now reports that Hammer has booked a role in Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar, the new title, about FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. DiCaprio is still starring, but Hammer will be playing Clyde Tolson, Hoover's alleged lover, a role that Joaquin Phoenix was recently rumored for.
As a recap, J. Edgar is Eastwood's Hoover biopic taking a deeper look at the man who founded the FBI in 1935 and is responsible for putting together an elite organization tasked with investigating and preventing the most dangerous, heinous and notorious crimes. Hoover was suspected to be gay, even though he always denied it, which is why the role of his protégé and suspected lover, that of Clyde Tolson who Hammer will play, is such a juicy one. I'm glad Hammer has landed a role like this - he deserves it. I've had the honor of meeting him, and he's not only extremely courteous and kind in real life, but he's also incredibly smart and a huge talent to watch out for in the future. I hope he starts landing more big roles like this over the next year.
We're still not exactly sure when this will start shooting, as our last update before today was back in October about how Phoenix wouldn't actually be playing Tolson. Eastwood is quick to get things into production, and with Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment producing, I don't think it will take long once the cast finally comes together. EW says "filming begins early next year" so that's what we'll go on for now. Stay tuned!