Earlier this month we heard that The Social Network actor Armie Hammer would be joining Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s John Edgar Hoover biopic J. Edgar, and that Charlize Theron was also offered a role.
In a recent interview Eastwood suggested that while Theron isn’t a lock, she will likely be signing on soon, and revealed that Judi Dench had also joined the cast.
I asked him about his casting for the upcoming Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover biopic (Which has been retitled J. Edgar) and how he went about casting Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover.
Eastwood– The script is a very good script and we were all preparing it and he liked the the script. He actually volunteered for it.
And the casting of Charlize Theron for the film?
Eastwood– We think she will be in the film (With a smile.) And Judi Dench is definitely in the film and there we are.
That’s quite a cast Eastwood has pulled together.
In the film DiCaprio will play the lead role of J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who was surrounded by controversy as his career in the Bureau progressed. Hammer will play lawyer-turned-FBI-official — and, some say, Hoover’s lover — Clyde Tolson. Though the pair didn’t always agree on political tactics, Tolson remained a loyal friend and advisor to Hoover.
Dench’s role is unknown at the moment, but Charlize Theron will likely play Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk Hoover selected as his personal secretary at the age of 21, and who wound up working for him for over 54 years.
The movie looks to be in the scripting stage at the moment, but it should start filming sometime next year. Given the cast and director it could be potential Oscar bait in 2012.