First Trailer for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
09.20.11 by Ryan
The first trailer has debuted for director Clint Eastwood's (Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby) new biopic J. Edgar, which chronicles the notorious life of J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the United States.
Played by Leonardo DiCaprio, the trailer shows one of Hoover's early accomplishments — expanding the FBI's database of fingerprints — and continues to his more controversial methods of collecting information on political leaders through illegal means (at least, at the time) and the allegations that he was, allegedly, gay.
The sweeping, epic nature of the trailer seems to insinuate that the Academy Award–winning Eastwood could start another Oscar campaign once J. Edgar opens in November, with DiCaprio's performance seeming to be right in line for similar accolades.
J. Edgar was written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk), and co-stars Naomi Watts as Hoover's secretary, Helen Gandy, Armie Hammer as Cylde Tolson, Hoover's Associate Director and alleged lover, and Dame Judi Dench as Hoover's mother, Anna Marie.