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Naomi Watts will be Leonardo DiCaprio's personal secretary in J. Edgar

01.26.2011
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Since it was reported that Charlize Theron would not be taking up Clint Eastwood's offer to star as 'Helen Gandy' in his upcoming Hoover biopic J. EDGAR, that left a sizeable, star-powered hole in the director's sure to be awards darling for next year. That hole however has been plugged, according to Deadline, as Naomi Watts will now be stepping into the role of Hoover's personal secretary and trusted confidant.

Gandy worked under Hoover for 54 years. She was considered the ultimate keeper of his secrets and was also a behind-the-scenes influence on the inner workings of the FBI. After his death, Gandy destroyed all of Hoover's personal files, files that contained incriminating materials used to manipulate and control the most powerful figures in D.C.

Watts joins a cast that includes Armie Hammer (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) as 'Clyde Tolson', Hoover's alleged lover; Ed Westwick ("Gossip Girl") as 'Agent Smith', a clean-cut operative; Ken Howard ("Grey Gardens") as U.S. Attorney General Harlan F. Stone; Josh Lucas (THE LINCOLN LAWYER) as aviator Charles Lindbergh; and Damon Herriman ("Justified") who plays Bruno Hauptmann, the German immigrant accused of kidnapping Lindbergh's 20-month old baby in 1932.
Extra Tidbit: "All right! I admit it! I'm the Lindbergh baby! Wah wah! Goo goo! I miss my fly-fly dada!"
Source: Deadline

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7:39PM on 01/26/2011

Cast description

"Agent Smith - a clean cut operative."
Hmmm, I think I know this character.
"Agent Smith - a clean cut operative."
Hmmm, I think I know this character.
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7:20PM on 01/26/2011
Naomi is an angel, I get so happy whenever I hear her name on a new project.
Naomi is an angel, I get so happy whenever I hear her name on a new project.
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5:04PM on 01/26/2011
Go ahead and kill me but I think she's overrated as an actress. She was abysmal in King Kong and Funny Games.
Go ahead and kill me but I think she's overrated as an actress. She was abysmal in King Kong and Funny Games.
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6:31PM on 01/26/2011
YOU SUCK!
YOU SUCK!
2:19PM on 01/26/2011
I trust that with Clint Eastwood this will be nothing like All the King's Men.

Naomi Watts > Charlize Theron
I trust that with Clint Eastwood this will be nothing like All the King's Men.

Naomi Watts > Charlize Theron
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11:18AM on 01/26/2011

Watts is an upgrade

Theron is over rated, Watts is under rated. Leonardo DiCaprio is the last great Hollywood Star in the most classical sense. Anything he's involved with is already classy even if it's trashy. So Eastwood, DiCaprio, Watts, etc.? This is gonna either be legendary or another All the King's Men.
Theron is over rated, Watts is under rated. Leonardo DiCaprio is the last great Hollywood Star in the most classical sense. Anything he's involved with is already classy even if it's trashy. So Eastwood, DiCaprio, Watts, etc.? This is gonna either be legendary or another All the King's Men.
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9:44AM on 01/26/2011
This has oscar written all over it with the addition of Watts.
This has oscar written all over it with the addition of Watts.
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7:26AM on 01/26/2011
This makes me feel a little better about her not being in TDKR. An upgrade over Theron, IMO.
This makes me feel a little better about her not being in TDKR. An upgrade over Theron, IMO.
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6:41AM on 01/26/2011

Damn!

I remember the first time she played a hot secretary in a movie....I had to buy new boxers that weekend.
I remember the first time she played a hot secretary in a movie....I had to buy new boxers that weekend.
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