If Leonardo DiCaprio picks up an Oscar nomination for his role as the enigmatic head of the FBI in "J. Edgar," that will make him two-for-two with Academy Award nominations and biopics. (We won't count "Catch Me If You Can" because it focused on Tom Hanks' character almost as much as Frank Abagnale, Jr.)
Ever since he was nominated in 2005 for his role as Howard Hughes in "The Aviator," a number of other biopic projects have made headlines with DiCaprio's name attached to star. So many have come up, in fact, that it's been hard to keep track of them all -- so we've compiled a list of the biopics DiCaprio's been at least mentioned with. Check them out past the jump!
Back in 2008, DiCaprio began developing a biopic based on the life of Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels. The script under went one re-write, and a rival project popped up roughly a year later. Not much has been heard from the project in two years.
As a general rule, I really try hard to avoid seeing movie trailers. They're just so spoiler-y these days! Most people love them, but I don't like the fact that I often see all the good scenes before I see the actual movie. But every now and again someone crafts a more artful trailer that does the job of piquing my curiosity perfectly. The new teaser for "J. Edgar" is a fine example.
The director/star combo of Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio is intriguing but since I'm not a U.S. history buff, the story of FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover is less so. But now that I've seen the trailer I'm totally hooked! It's artsy, stylized, features shots of all the principal cast members, and is beautifully scored. In other words, it's total award season bait.
If the news of a Clint Eastwood-directed biopic about the life of controversial FBI director J. Edgar Hoover weren't intriguing enough as is, the casting surrounding it certainly has been.
With Leonardo DiCaprio in the titular role, there's a bevy of equally exciting talent on board including Judi Dench in an undisclosed role, Naomi Watts as Hoover's secretary Helen Gandy, Josh Lucas as Charles Lindbergh, Ed Westwick as FBI operative Agent Smith and "The Social Network" breakout star Armie Hammer playing FBI-official Tyde Dolson.
Now, two more names have joined the thrilling project. According to Deadline, Jeffrey Donovan and Miles Fisher are the latest actors locked in for "J. Edgar."
We're getting excited for "J. Edgar." Really excited. Not only does the controversial FBI director have one of the most intriguing stories to tell of any recent historical figure, but just look at the talent lined up for this film: Clint Eastwood directing, Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, actors like Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts among the supporting cast… without having seen a single shred of footage or set photography, we're already hooked.
But we're not without physical evidence for long. We've got a first look at DiCaprio in action as J. Edgar Hoover himself thanks to photographer Eric Ford (On Location News). Check out the full photo past the jump!
Given all the hype and attention the cast of "The Social Network" has received throughout the last few months, not to mention the award wins and nominations, it's natural to assume that the actors in question are receiving just as much attention from Hollywood big wigs via scripts, offers to appear in new film projects and beyond.
When I caught up with Armie Hammer, one of the film's breakout stars, at the SAG Awards on Sunday, I asked him how many scripts he's being sent and what kind of offers he's fielding. His answer was surprising, to say the least.
"I just got offered to do a soft-core porn movie, which is really exciting," Hammer revealed, to which I could only respond with a very enthusiastic, "Congratulations!" Read More...
Clint Eastwood's cast for his upcoming biopic, "J. Edgar," just keeps getting hotter and hotter. After the news came out that Charlize Theron actually wasn't involved in the project, Deadline is reporting that Naomi Watts is filling her shoes as J. Edgar Hoover's loyal secretary, Helen Gandy.
The casting news comes just days after Variety reported that Screen Actors Guild president Ken Howard would be joining the production as well. He'll play Harlan F. Stone, the man who served as U.S. Attorney General before being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court during Hoover's rise to power in the FBI.
Watts and Howard join the already star-studded cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Damon Herriman, Josh Lucas and Ed Westwick.
The cast for Clint Eastwood's latest film "J. Edgar" continues to grow with the addition of Josh Lucas as famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, according to Deadline. His role should be relatively significant since the film is looking into J. Edgar Hoover's past around the time of the infamous Lindbergh baby FBI case.
The film will likely be told through flashbacks by Ed Westwick's character Agent Smith, who is ghost-writing Hoover's autobiography. And Damon Herriman has come on board as Bruno Hauptmann, the man who was convicted of kidnapping and killing Lindbergh's child, but whose conviction would later come into question.
Here's some good news and some bad news for those of you excited for Clint Eastwood's latest flick, "J. Edgar." Bad news first: Charlize Theron is actually not involved in the film, despite earlier reports that said otherwise.
According to New York Magazine, Theron's reps at William Morris Endeavor jumped the gun a bit when they started saying she was on board for "J. Edgar," when she really had no intention of accepting the role of J. Edgar Hoover's personal secretary Helen Gandy. It got to the point where she had to personally apologize to Eastwood for the misreporting, but all is well between them now. According to Deadline, Eastwood is now looking at either Amy Adams or Naomi Watts to replace her.
On to the good news: "Gossip Girl" star Ed Westwick has officially come on board for the project as clean-cut FBI operative Agent Smith. Read More...
Clint Eastwood got at least two good presents under his Christmas tree this year: The Playlist reports that Judi Dench and Damon Herriman (TV's "Justified") have joined Eastwood's latest flick "J. Edgar" (formerly "Hoover"). They are added to the growing list of actors that also includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") and Charlize Theron.
Herriman would come on board as Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby. His conviction came into question later because police were accused of manipulating the evidence, though, which prompted Hoover to launch an FBI inquiry into the police handling of the case. Dench's role in the film has yet to be announced. Read More...