Clint Eastwood’s biopic of J. Edgar Hoover is gearing up to go and the casting process is in full swing. At the moment, it seems as though Leonardo Di Caprio is poised, pen in hand, ready to ink a deal to play Hoover himself.
Vulture report that should his signature appear – and frankly, they’re making it sound like more of a when – then a further offer will be sent to Joaquin Phoenix to play Hoover’s colleague, confidant, protege and alleged lover, Clyde Tolson.
I don’t know what the focus of the film’s screenplay is, but with Dustin Lance Black behind the keyboard I’m sure it won’t be fudging any discussion of Hoover’s sexuality. Indeed, you might surmise that this discussion is a key element, seeing as the two star roles are the two supposed lovers.
Judging from the age of the actors, the earliest this story could be set would be around the mid-30s, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some wrinkly latex employed to take us all the way up to their deaths in the 70s.
I’m a big fan of Larry Cohen’s The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover and, I have to admit, a lot of my interest in Eastwood’s film would be in hoping it shone some light on Cohen’s.