Leonardo DiCaprio eyes Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic

He’s already worked with Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, so it was really just a matter of time until the Oscar-nominated actor joined forces with the legendary Clint Eastwood. DiCaprio himself confirmed to EW that he’s met with Eastwood on the project, which would follow Hoover’s tenure — and influence at — the FBI.

No deal is yet in place, but DiCaprio is clearly engaged. “It sounds interesting to say the least,” says DiCaprio. “There’s no contract, no anything, but I’m a huge fan of Clint’s.” Dustin Lance Black (Milk) wrote the script and Brian Grazer and his Imagine Entertainment are producing.

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  • crispy

    Does Leo have the legs to pull off those dresses?

  • harry

    sick!!!

  • Eric

    Billy Crudup should play him! He was the best part of Pubic Enemies.

    • Maddi

      I was just about to say the same thing!

  • Cog Alert

    Hope there’s Robert Kennedy in it, with Kennedy-Hoover friction in them going after international talent… Frankly, leo would make a better kennedy, Hoovie wuz too bile-y…

  • Dave J

    Leo seems to have chosen to work with alot of respectable directors as of late, but it’s his whiny physical screen presence off the screen is a put off to some!!!

  • Cwelly

    Brilliant! he is one of the best.

  • Matt

    DiCaprio and Eastwood = Amazing

    • Susan

      I wonder how Eastwood will treat the Clyde Tolson role.

  • Kate7

    What the hell is so special about DiCaprio? He is a f****** over emoter and annoys me with his Boston accent. Furthermore he is damn ugly his face is getting broader and broader and he looks like someone whose face got punched!!

    • Rash

      Lmao!!!

    • earthangel6

      The role I would like to see him play, is old macdonald, as in, had a farm.Oh and little miss positivity, I think Leo’s face looks better all the time, are you sure that you are not catching a glimpse of your own mug in the mirror. Have a good one !!!

      • Jullie

        ha ha that’s funny… I agree with u!

  • ShawnLake

    Have there been ANY bio pics beside RAY that made money in the last ten years?? Didn’t AMELIA / MILK / INVICTUS / ALI / FROST/NIXON/ W / even PUBLIC ENEMIES all lose money? And this being a period piece it will be more expensive than CHANGELING which was a period piece. I’M JUST ASKING???

    • Steve

      I’m not sure where you’re getting info from but milk, invictus, public enemies all made a respectable 30, 70, and 110 million over their budgets and even frost/nixon and w at least covered their budgets

  • michael butts

    I think Leo’s one of the most overrated actors out there and a movie about Hoover will flop like INVICTUS. Clint should focus on non-biographies.

  • Nathan

    I am writing because the negativity towards Dicaprio is unfounded here. I would argue that his performance in Shutter Island showed more depth than any performance I saw lat year including Jeff Bridges fine work in Crazy Heart. Equally, the reason for the respect he gets would be because of supeb performances in The Aviator, Gilbert Grape, Blood Diamond, Revolutionary Road, The Departed, Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, etc. He is one of the few actors who pick the right parts every time out and does not surrender to the easy money roles Hollywood provides. As a matter of fact, he has not been in a summer blockbuster of any kind in more than 10 years and the one he chose is a genre defining film directed by Christopher Nolan (this generations Speilberg or Scorsese). I for one believe that Dicaprio could nail Hoover. He has not faultered yet.

  • braino

    @Nathan: I don´t like DiCaprio because he is trying so much to be the new Deniro, what he will never be able to achieve. He should rather go his own way and do something completely different to what he usually does. I think he was really good in Gilbert Grape, which was something completely different, but this movie was made so many years ago. I´m a big fan of Scorcese but it annoys me that he works so often with DiCaprio, he always ruins it for me.

  • R.J. Laaksonen

    If Clint Eastwood would ever do a biopic of Spike Jones, Leonardo should be Spike. He has reminded me of Jones since I first saw him. And Eastwood, who used original Charlie Parker recordings to do the music in Bird, would do the same with Spike’s music which simply is not possible to redo well by any current bunch of musicians.

  • Spike Jones, Jr.

    I agree.

  • Steve Sheeston

    Great, real original. Another biopic. Anything to avoid creating an organic or original character.

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