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Leonardo DiCaprio to play J. Edgar Hoover?

03.31.2010

Here's someone that wasn't in the winner's circle for the J. Edgar Hoover edition of Cast This: Leonardo DiCaprio.

Deadline got the exclusive that Leo is in early talks to play the lead role in the biopic, HOOVER directed by Clint Eastwood. It's not locked as of yet, but it is likely that the actor will get the part.

When Imagine started developing the story it was about the beginning of the FBI. Unfortunately when they took it to Universal, the studio said that it was exactly what they didn't want to make. The studio felt like they were loosing too much money with period films.

Things started to turn around when producer Brian Grazer gave Eastwood the screenplay. The two met mid-February to discuss, but Universal still had issues. One exec from Universal admitted that, "Clint is an amazing director with an extraordinary track record, and you can't possibly dismiss anything he gets excited about. The first question now to ask is how much will it cost to make?" Due to Universal's reluctance the film is now Warner Brothers gain.

If DiCaprio is cast this will be his first film with Eastwood. Would you guys be happy with this choice?

Extra Tidbit: I have to wonder if they will include the transvestite stuff.
Source: Deadline

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6:34PM on 04/01/2010

Fine by me

While I too liked Crudup's portrayal of Hoover in PUBLIC ENEMIES, I think Leo could work just as well. He'll need to dye his hair and bulk up a little, but he has the talent to pull it off. Plus, having Eastwood and Black (the best writer Eastwood's worked with in a while) on hand doesn't hurt either.
While I too liked Crudup's portrayal of Hoover in PUBLIC ENEMIES, I think Leo could work just as well. He'll need to dye his hair and bulk up a little, but he has the talent to pull it off. Plus, having Eastwood and Black (the best writer Eastwood's worked with in a while) on hand doesn't hurt either.
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10:17AM on 04/01/2010

Hell Yes

Clint needs a decent actor to work with. Leo is the greatest and has the best track record of any actor working today. I might actually enjoy this Eastwood directed film....maybe...
Clint needs a decent actor to work with. Leo is the greatest and has the best track record of any actor working today. I might actually enjoy this Eastwood directed film....maybe...
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4:26AM on 04/01/2010

I predicted Leo

I did say Leo and Jack Nicholson has an older J Edgar in the cast this page. I still think its a good choice.

I'd love to see clint direct these two guys
I did say Leo and Jack Nicholson has an older J Edgar in the cast this page. I still think its a good choice.

I'd love to see clint direct these two guys
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1:59AM on 04/01/2010

Crudup

As much as I would love to see Leo and Clint do a movie together, this shouldnt be it. Billy Crudup was great in PUBLIC ENEMIES. He should definately return.
As much as I would love to see Leo and Clint do a movie together, this shouldnt be it. Billy Crudup was great in PUBLIC ENEMIES. He should definately return.
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12:02AM on 04/01/2010
Good casting, but I was hoping for Eastwood to return to a modern day project after Invictus. Now we get more historical Oscar bait. Bleh.
Good casting, but I was hoping for Eastwood to return to a modern day project after Invictus. Now we get more historical Oscar bait. Bleh.
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11:21PM on 03/31/2010
I definitely liked Billy Crudupp but for some reason I have always thought Chris Cooper or Kevin Spacey should be in this role. Paul Giamatti could totally own this as well.
I definitely liked Billy Crudupp but for some reason I have always thought Chris Cooper or Kevin Spacey should be in this role. Paul Giamatti could totally own this as well.
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11:19PM on 03/31/2010
I'm sorry, guys, I still see that little trace of Downey Jr.

But besides that, I think this a cool pick. It'll put people in the seats, and it's got my attention.
I'm sorry, guys, I still see that little trace of Downey Jr.

But besides that, I think this a cool pick. It'll put people in the seats, and it's got my attention.
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10:42PM on 03/31/2010

I could see it

though I really liked Billy Cudrup as Hoover in Public Enemies - that'll be tough to beat.
though I really liked Billy Cudrup as Hoover in Public Enemies - that'll be tough to beat.
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10:35PM on 03/31/2010

Good move!

I can see this for sure....another winning combo in Clint and Leo.
I can see this for sure....another winning combo in Clint and Leo.
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8:23PM on 03/31/2010
Universal i reckon may have a cash flow problem when you compare their hits to their failers.But i think this may be the film that gets DiCaprio his Oscar.
Universal i reckon may have a cash flow problem when you compare their hits to their failers.But i think this may be the film that gets DiCaprio his Oscar.
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7:47PM on 03/31/2010

I Guessed Right

In the cast this, my vote was for Leo to play this guy. I think this is a GREAT pairing. I mean how do you lose with Eastwood directing AND DiCaprio starring. It should be interesting how Leo is in a Eastwood movie than a Scorsese(sp?) movie. By the way Gran Tarino and Invictus kicked ass.
In the cast this, my vote was for Leo to play this guy. I think this is a GREAT pairing. I mean how do you lose with Eastwood directing AND DiCaprio starring. It should be interesting how Leo is in a Eastwood movie than a Scorsese(sp?) movie. By the way Gran Tarino and Invictus kicked ass.
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7:28PM on 03/31/2010
While I could get behind a pairing of the two in actor/director roles, DiCaprio is one guy I can't see as Hoover. And oddly enough I can picture most actors as the man, just not that guy.
While I could get behind a pairing of the two in actor/director roles, DiCaprio is one guy I can't see as Hoover. And oddly enough I can picture most actors as the man, just not that guy.
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