After weeks of will she or won’t she, Naomi Watts has finally signed on the dotted line to join Clint Eastwood’s upcoming biopic J. Edgar. According to Variety, the Oscar nominated actress has been cast in the role of Helen Gandy. It’s the same part that was originally offered to Charlize Theron, who eventually turned it down.
Gandy was a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being J. Edgar Hoover’s personal secretary. She was a close friend and huge support system for the leader. She began working for Hoover in 1918 and continued in that role until he passed away in 1972. Talk about loyalty and dedication!
J. Edgar 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 this year.
What do you think of Watts’ addition to J. Edgar? Is she the right choice?