Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) is in talks to star while Charlize Theron is up for a role in Clint Eastwood’s biopic of former FBI head J. Edgar Hoover reports Entertainment Weekly.
The Dustin Lance Black-penned film, now retitled “J. Edgar”, will follow the career of Hoover from his founding of the F.B.I. in 1935 where he remained as director until his death in 1972. It’s expected to be a warts-and-all look at the man from his success efforts in the gangland wars of the 30’s, his paranoid concern about “subversives”, his links with the Mafia and Freemasons, rumors of him being a deeply repressed gay man, and the often dirty and illegal methods he sanctioned to bring down people and organisations he considered threats.
Hammer would play Clyde Tolson, a former lawyer turned FBI employee who some allege was Hoover’s secret lover. Theron would play Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk picked to be Hoover’s secretary and served in that capacity for over five decades.
Clint Eastwood directs and shooting is slated to kick off sometime early next year for release in 2012.