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Eastwood's J. Edgar gains cast

NaomiWatts.jpgClint Eastwood's next film, the biographical film of J. Edgar Hoover entitled J. Edgar, has been gaining a good cast of late, and that cast keeps growing with the announcement of Naomi Watts set to play the secretary of J. Edgar Hoover, a woman who worked for him for fifty four years.

The film is promising from the start, not just because of the subject matter but because of the excellent director behind it, Eastwood himself, and that cast list is growing and growing.

J. Edgar will tell the story of the controversial J. Edgar Hoover who became the Director of the FBI, creating the organisation in 1935 and running it until he died in 1972. He is credited not only with being instrumental in the creation of the FBI but also the building of it into a large agency, as well as instituting quite a few modern investigative methods into the organisation such as forensic laboratories and centralised fingerprinting systems.

However his life and career came with controversy too. He has been accused of using the FBI to harass people from activists to political leaders, keeping secret files on key people which he could use to threaten them with whenever he wanted. He was a freemason, and while he used peoples sexuality against them, he himself is reported to have been homosexual and engaged in a relationship with his long time friend and colleague.

According to Deadline Naomi Watts is joining the film to play Hoover's secretary of fifty four years, a role that was set to be played by Charlize Theron, Helen Gandy.

She was very loyal to the man, keeping his secrets and becoming an influence on the workings of the FBI herself, but when Hoover died she, according to the story, spent weeks destroying his personal files which contained those controversial files on leading figures of the time.

Leonardo DiCaprio is playing J. Edgar Hoover with Ed Westwick playined Agent Smith, no not that Agent Smith, but a man hired by Hoover to write his biography. Josh Lucas was recently announced as playing the aviator Charles Lindbergh, and interestingly Damon Herriman will play Bruno Hauptmann, the German immigrant who was accused of kidnapping Lindbergh's 20-month baby in 1932, a crime that caused outrage in the country and became a major case for Hoover and the FBI.

Judi Dench is set to play Hoover's mother with Dylan Burns the young Hoover. Ken Howard is playing the U.S. Attorney General Harlan F. Stone and Armie Hammer is set to play Clyde Tolson, Hoover's alleged lover.

Now that's a great role for Armie Hammer and a huge leap forward for his career, although playing two roles in The Social Network (Filmstalker review) has done him no end of good.

I'm really excited about this film and it does look like it could turn out to be another great Clint Eastwood film. I really do hope this guy never stops making films as I never tire of them. The Bridges of Madison County is playing at the Glasgow Film Festival this year, and I'm thinking of heading over to see it again.



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