Judi Dench & Damon Herriman Joining Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

December 29, 2010
Source: The Playlist, Sandwich John Films

Dench / Herriman

We already know Leonardo DiCaprio is playing the titular historical figure of the FBI in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) landed the role of his alleged gay lover. Now Eastwood is in the midst of rounding up a supporting cast. Earlier this month The Playlist got word that "Justified" star Damon Herriman will play Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping & killing the Lindbergh baby. Now they've spied a story over at Sandwich John Films who spoke with Eastwood at his California Hall Of Fame induction where he revealed that Judi Dench has already signed on for an unknown role.

We're still waiting to find out whether or not Charlize Theron will take the role Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary. Apparently she's leaning towards the role, but also finds herself in the midst of considering playing the villain in Show White and the Huntsman. Since both projects shoot at the same time, the actress will be forced to choose between one project or the other. Either one sounds like an interesting choice for Theron, but since there's so much competition for Snow White movies, I'd say J. Edgar is the better project. In addition, her chances of awards attention as a supporting actress are much higher since this will likely be an awards contender next year. What do you think?

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Have there been any indications as to how Hauptmann is going to be included in the story? Are they focusing on the time period of the Lingbergh baby trial? From everything else that I read, it seemed like the focus of the movie was going to be more on Hoover's private life. I would love to see a story that includes more of his FBI career and still touches on his private life, especially if it's going to center around something major like the Lindbergh case.

Jedi on Dec 29, 2010


As I understand it, Jedi, the film would focus on both Hoover's private life and his FBI work. The Playlist did a good script review a while back which said the same thing. As for time period, I understood that it would focus on the earlier part of his career (like how The Aviator focused on Howard Hughes' earlier work).

Corran Horn on Dec 30, 2010


cool 😀

A5J4DX on Dec 31, 2010

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