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Naomi Watts Lands Desk Job as FBI Secretary for 'J. Edgar' in Biopic

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January 26, 2011
Source: Variety

Naomi Watts

Though the role was once a consideration for Charlize Theron, the actress chose to take the part of the evil queen in Snow White and the Huntsman instead of a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar. However, now we have word on what lovely actress end up taking part in the story of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover as Variety reports Naomi Watts has stepped up to fill the gap in the cast. The Australian actress will play Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary. She loyally worked for Hoover starting in 1918 and stayed in that position until Hoover passed away in 1972.

Dustin Lance Black (Milk) is behind the script with Leonardo DiCaprio in the titular role as 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. Meanwhile an impressive cast has been assembled around them that also includes Ed Westwick ("Gossip Girl"), Damon Herriman ("Justified"), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Josh Lucas (Glory Road) and Judi Dench (Casino Royale). Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing through Imagine Entertainment with Warner Bros. set to distribute the film sometime in 2012 (likely towards the end of the year for awards season). Sounds good to me. How about you?

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  • Anonymous
    Watts is always good and does wonders with small roles, so I'm excited to see her in Hoover.
  • Cred X is right! Ms. Watts I think is perfect for this role and Mr. Eastwood will give her the direction that will put this over the top!
    • Anonymous
      indeed.
  • Anonymous
    Secretary AND chief supplier of ladies underwear... Cool.

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