As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. Due in Theaters on Nov 9th, 2011
J.Edgar (2011) directed by Clint Eastwood Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Dame Judi Dench, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts
J.Edgar explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
J.Edgar is an upcoming bioepic directed by Clint Eastwood, from a script by Dustin Lance Black. The film will focus on the career of FBI director J. Edgar Hooverfrom the Palmer Raids onwards, including an examination of his private life asan alleged closeted homosexual.
Thefilm stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Damon Herriman and Jeffrey Donovan. J. Edgar is slated to open the AFI Fest 2011 in Los Angeles on November 3, 2011 and is set to be released on November 9, 2011 in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures.
J. Edgar has engendered speculation as to how Hoover and Tolson’s presumed homosexuality will be portrayed on-screen. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Eastwood was asked if the script “addresses reports by former FBI employees that Hoover was a cross-dresser and perhaps a closeted homosexual”. Eastwood seemed to indicate not, responding that he was drawn to the script because it”didn’t quite go down that road”.
In response, screenwriter Black assured LGBT-interest website After Elton.com that there was no truth to the notion that his script had been”de-gayed”.
« 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 ascript that Iwrite. »
Black suggested that the WSJ interviewer conflated homosexuality and transvestism and that Eastwood was only indicating that the film would not include cross-dressing.
The website Libertas Film Magazine published a script review of J.Edgar on July 8, 2011. The reviewer reports that Hoover’s relationship with Clyde Tolson, who has long been rumored to have been Hoover’s lover, is depicted in the screenplay as “chaste”.