DiCaprio To Play Hoover In Eastwood’s Biopic

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

Following his stint this summer as a morally-questionable professional in Christopher Nolan’s new film Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio will take on the role of another (albeit real-life) controversial workaholic – namely, J. Edgar Hoover in director Clint Eastwood’s biopic, which is tentatively titled Hoover.

Eastwood will reteam with his Changeling producer Brian Grazer for Hoover, which will be based on a script written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk).

Warner Bros. will distribute the film, which Eastwood is set to begin working on following the completion of his supernatural drama Hereafter with his Invictus star Matt Damon.

Hoover’s reign as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) lasted for over 37 years and began in the mid-1930s, as seen last year in Michael Mann’s period crime caper, Public Enemies.  There’s no word at this point as to how much of Hoover’s life will be chronicled in Eastwood’s film, but I would expect it to focus on Hoover’s public behavior and how it differed significantly from his private life (where he was known for being a cross-dresser amongst other things…).

This will be DiCaprio’s third leading performance in a biographical pic with an Oscar-winning director at the helm. His first two biopic outings were playing the young con man Frank Abagnale in Steven Spielberg’s film Catch Me If You Can back in 2002, and the troubled but brilliant Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese’s 2004 flick, The Aviator.

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Two of DiCaprio's previous forays into the biopic genre

If the acclaimed actor does is indeed “going to spread his wings” in the role of Hoover (as an insider told Deadline) then he may be up for his fourth Oscar-nomination as well – assuming that he isn’t nominated for his Inception role, that is.

One of complaints I still hear about DiCaprio’s performance in The Aviator was that he simply looked too young to play the aging Hughes – or any other “mature” character – despite his being 30 at the time.  Six years later and DiCaprio’s appearances in two other Scorsese films – The Departed and Shutter Island – have proven him to be a rather intense actor, capable of holding the audience’s attention despite his (admittedly) youthful disposition.

What do you think?  Do you like the idea of DiCaprio and Eastwood working together?  Let us know in the comments section below.

Hoover is tentatively set to arrive in theaters sometime in 2012, though that could change in the future, given Eastwood’s tendency to work fast as a director.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I think this could be a really good fit. He is a phenomenal actor and as evidenced by The Aviator he can play strange people well. And Hoover was one strange individual. I only hope they don’t go too far into portraying a lot of the unproven things about Hoover as fact. I can’t stand when movies do too much of that.

  2. eh , he never did anything for me, so i wont be seeing this

  3. Awesome! Love DiCaprio! Maybe this will finally win him an oscar.

  4. He looks too young for the role.

  5. I wouldn’t pay to watch DiCaprio play DiCaprio, much less Hoover!

  6. He should have an oscar and its a damn shame he doesnt

    • are you judging that based on the fact you think he is cute or whatever? the guy has no talent, even when he got his start og Growing pains…

      • Oh you’re right, Anthony. He has no talent. That’s why he’s a three time Oscar nominee.

        • hmm, nominee, NOT winner lol and yeah im right thanks for noticing:)

          • News flash: you still have to be a good actor to be NOMINATED for an academy award.

            • news flash, no sir, you do not lol

              • I guess we’ll agree to disagree.

                • Although you most certainly do NOT have to be a good actor to be nominated. DiCaprio is fair.

                  Eastwood could get a great performance out of a vegetable, so I think this will be a good film, maybe even a great one.

  7. This role fits him well…He should do fine. In all movies listed above he did well in i thought.

  8. I don’t know if they want to open up this can of worms. I’m sure they won’t cover Hoover and the FBI’s “Cointelpro” tactics and war against the Civil Rights movement,Natural Living and an even more controversial speculation of Hoover actually passing as a white man.

    • thats what intrigues me about a Hoover movie…are they going to be honest with the public or are they going to whitewash his life (no pun intended) I would be more willing to see this movie if Eastwood keeps it honest (which i believe he will do). It would be interesting to know how he felt about about groups like the black panthers, the kkk and leaders like MLK JR., Kennedy and Malcolm X.

  9. Leonardo Dicaprio is an excellent actor but he’s no Jack Nicholson, he gets all the good roles though. I think he’s too young for this, but I’m sure he’ll do well enough.

  10. Maybe DiCap at the 11th hour will find a way to work in a green message?

  11. I hope they pick a pretty dress for him to wear

    • the warderobe wouldnt have to supply him dresses for that, im sure he has a stash in his closet, which he still has yet to come out of

  12. lol

  13. Forget HOOVER!

    FACT IS —Korea era draftee Eastwood,
    like the rest of Red China suck-up media,
    is, once again, TOTALLY BAULKING any tribute,
    indeed, ANY mention of the virally relevant
    60th Anniversary of the Korean War this month!


    • Why is it his sole responsibility to make a tribute to the korean war?? Is he the only director capable of making a korean war tribute?? lmao. come on man time to take your crazy pills.

      I served 3 tours in Iraq…just because I was there doesnt mean i want to make a movie on it. Come on be considerate, im sure he has his reasons. But since you seem to know his schedule I’m sure we’d all like to know what hes gonna do next. lol

    • Eastwood is a conservative who hates communism moron.

      • Joseph,

        You could have made your point without appending “moron” to your sentence.


  14. its Eastwood, the man can do what he wants, he’s paid his dues, ijust still dont agree with the casting of leotardo

  15. Even though DeCaprio does do a decent job in every role he’s in, doesnt mean he “fits” each role well. Yes, his young appearance is indeed hard to overlook in some cases.
    Im having a hard time seeing him as Hoover, but I’ll wait for the trailers to come out to form a better opinion.

    • i dont think he’s done well in all his rolls, but thats just me…he was good in the basketball diaries though