‘J. Edgar’: Examining Clint Eastwood’s Next Movie

September 19, 2011

J. Edgar: Leonardo Dicaprio and Clint Eastwood‘J. Edgar’ is the title of multi-award winning actor/director Clint Eastwood’s next movie. The film is lined up to open the AFI Festival this year on Novomber 3rd. It will then be released in the United States on November 9th and worldwide on Novovember 11th.

The film is a biographical drama centering mainly on the career of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover was the first director of the FBI and was instrumental in its creation in 1935. However, the film doesn’t take us from the beginning of his career, but from the time of the Palmer Raids. It even explores and examines a long time controversial rumour, that of Hoover being a closet Homosexual.

The subject of Hoover’s alleged homosexuality is a touchy one at best in certain circles and has sparked some concerns about just how deeply the film will treat and explore this and how it will communicate it to the audience, in particular Hoover’s reported relationship with Clyde Tolson.

On the subject of Hoover’s homosexuality, The Wall Street Journal asked Eastwood in an interview if the film’s script addressed reports of Hoover’s sexuality too greatly. Eastwood seemed to indicate that he was drawn to the script because “It didn’t quite go down that road.”

But the film’s script writer Dustin Lance Black said the script had in no way been “de-gayed,” adding, “To think that somehow you’re going to make a movie about somebody like J. Edgar and you’re not going to learn what’s in his heart, that’s just not going to happen in a script that I write.”

The film is produced and directed by Eastwood, with the leading role of J. Edgar Hoover himself being played by Leonardo DiCaprio, another Hollywood A-Lister. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Lea Thompson, Dermot Mulroney and Naomi Watts.

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