Thus far it’s been confirmed that Leonardo DiCaprio will play the lead in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover biopic Hoover. The last time we checked Joaquin Phoenix was rumored to co-star alongside the actor but that news was shot down by Eastwood himself who denied the claim. Now according to Entertainment Weekly, The Social Network’s Armie Hammer is in talks to join the film.
Hammer is in talks to play lawyer-turned-FBI-official Clyde Tolson, whom was also rumored to be Hoover’s lover. This was the role that Phoenix was speculated to play. Tolson was the associate director of the FBI from 1947 to 1972. He was in daily close contact with Hoover at the office and the pair often dined, socialized in night clubs, and even vacationed together.
Hoover will cover the head of the FBI and his reign from its creation in 1935 to his death in 1972. The film will be produced by Brian Grazer and has a script written by Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk). Production is expected to begin sometime early next year.
To be completely honest, we didn’t see this coming. Hammer really proved that he was more than just a pretty face in The Social Network where he believably played a set of twins, who each had their own personalities. Our only concern is his age. He’s 24 years old. Do you think they can age him up a bit to play a realistic right hand man to DiCaprio?
What do you think of Armie Hammer possibly starring in Hoover?