Leonardo DiCaprio is in early negotiations to portray former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood’s biopic “Hoover” reports Deadline New York.
Dustin Lance Black’s script 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.
Brian Grazer will produce with production to kick off near the end of the year. A distributor is still not yet locked but will almost certainly be Warner Brothers where Eastwood’s Malpaso production company resides.