Friday, September 24, 2010

Eastwood will Direct, DiCaprio will Star in New J. Edgar Hoover Bio-Pic

J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson.
Movie Line reports that Dustin Lance Black, who won the Oscar for Best Original Screen Play for Milk, has finished the script for a new film based on the life of long-time FBI Director, J. Edger Hoover.

Hoover was the first FBI Director, serving from 1935 until his death in 1972. He is credited with building the agency into a modern crime fighting machine. He was the first to institute a national fingerprint database. He also kept secret files on well known figures and politicians, such as Marilyn Monroe, JFK, John Lennon and Martin Luther King.

For years it was rumored that Hoover and his lifetime companion, Associate Director of the FBI Clyde Tolson were lovers. Stories circulated around DC for decades that Hoover often appeared in drag at parties he hosted in his home. The two are buried just feet apart in the Congressional Cemetery.

Black confirmed to TMZ that Clint Eastwood has been signed to direct the film. Leonardo DiCaprio will play Hoover. Eastwood is hoping to sign Joaquin Phoenix to portray Tolson. Filming is set to begin after the first of the year.
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