Leonardo DiCaprio Might Be Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover

March 31, 2010
Source: Deadline

Leonardo DiCaprio

We learned earlier this month that Clint Eastwood was interested in directing a J. Edgar Hoover biopic with a script by Milk writer Dustin Lance Black. Not only does Deadline confirm that Eastwood is directing the biopic, but they also report Leonardo DiCaprio is in early talks to play Hoover, 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. Universal made the choice to pass since they weren't up for taking another risk with a period picture, so Warner Bros is getting things moving instead.

Apparently Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment had been developing a story about the founding of the FBI for a while, and when they brought the script to Universal it was exactly the kind of movie they didn't want to make (fools!). So Grazer then brought the script to Eastwood (they've been friendly since working on The Changeling) but even a director like Eastwood couldn't sway Universal. But that studio's loss is WB's gain, especially if DiCaprio signs on for his third biopic after his turn as Howard Hughes in Marty Scorsese's The Aviator, which I actually enjoyed quite a bit, as well as Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, which is in fact based on a very true story. I'll definitely be looking forward to this biopic. How about you guys?

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BILLY CRUDUP! (public emimies)

movie mike on Mar 31, 2010


Sounds good, but I agree with movie mike should have been Billy Crudup. I hope Eastwood delivers like he did with Unforgiven, Flags of Our Fathers, and Letter's form Iwo Jima. Gran Torino was definitely his worst imo.

Xerxex on Mar 31, 2010


I thought Invictus has been Clint's worst film since the mid 90's. I wanna see this no matter who plays Hoover, but with Leo starring makes it more interesting.

Frightened Inmate #2 on Mar 31, 2010



germs on Mar 31, 2010


Well ...Clint and Leo together. I would like to see that. They are both great.

var2apo on Mar 31, 2010


While I do feel that Billy Crudup would be the best to play Herbert Hoover, I think Leo is more than up to the challenge. He'll have to bulk up and die his hair, but he could work. Plus having Eastwood and Dustin Lance Black on hand doesn't hurt. BTW, kudos to WB for being the only studio willing to take chances on films like this. Between this, INCEPTION, and CONTAGION, they seem to be building up quite a slate. Now, if only they could give up their 3D addiction before they embarrass themselves.

Corran Horn on Apr 1, 2010


I hope he's tells the absolute truth..that Hoover was a criminal and very evil man....

history on Apr 1, 2010


#7 - Yes I hopy they don't just touch on his crimes and the crimes that he ordered his employees to carry out.

DiR3cT on Apr 4, 2010


Xerxes, please stop being a queer. We don't need anymore of your philistine posts. Gran Torino his worst? Don't make me laugh.

SlashBeast on Apr 12, 2010


Done-to-death PC retreads of Hoover? -in 2010? ---huh?! FACT IS -having made BILLIONS upon BILLIONS these past decades catering to the franchise slum denial needs of their 'fave' mass market paradise -otherwise known as history's --MOST-- awesomely genocidal regime ---ACROSS the Pacific ( 70 million exterminate in 'peacetime' -FACT-) -Clint, like Hollywood, continues to pitch the tiredest of Boomer era PC 'revisionism'. ESP. galling as people continue to suffer and die by--the--million on this, the once again 'mysteriusly overlooked' 60th Anniversary of the eerily, epically relevant ----KOREAN WAR... -AMEN- PS --and if you're deleting this message you're censoring STONE COLD TRUTH.

eber hart on Apr 30, 2010

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