J. Edgar is Clint Eastwood’s next film based on the life of J. Edgar Hoover. Leonardo DiCaprio plays John Edgar Hoover and the film looks to be following him through all of his life, so DiCaprio has some aging to do. Hoover formed the Bureau of Investigation which later became the FBI. He was the director of the FBI from 1935 until his death in 1972. The film also stars Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Damon Herriman, Ken Howard, Jeffrey Donovan, Ed Westwick, Stephen Root, Lea Thompson, and Dermot Mulroney. Of course, the film already has Oscar buzz just based on the trailer. I am a bit miffed why they are releasing the first trailer so close to the release date (less than two months until it is released).
“As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
Under the direction of Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role of “J. Edgar,” a drama that explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century.”
J. Edgar is in theatres November 9, 2011.