First official images of Leonardo DiCaprio as J Edgar Hoover

From Clint Eastwood's biopic

There have been some pap shots bouncing around the interweb for a while now, but now we've got a first official look at Leonardo DiCaprio as J Edgar Hoover, courtesy of

DiCaprio is playing the infamous FBI founder in Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar, which is already shaping up to be one of the key award hopefuls in the coming season.

The film will track Hoover over many years, as he builds the FBI before slowly succumbing to paranoia and abusing his power.

J. Edgar will also play with the suggestion of the alleged love affair between Hoover and his associate director Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). Naomi Watts is playing Hoover's secretary Helen Gandy.

With Eastwood at the helm, and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black on scripting duties, this one is practically screaming Oscar. Will this finally be the time DiCaprio takes home a statuette?

You can see DiCaprio brooding as the solitary lawman in the shot above, and there are further images that see him taking direction from Eastwood, and sitting alongside Hammer's Tolson, right here:

J. Edgar is set to open on 9 November 2011 in the US, with a UK release expected early in 2012.

Should DiCaprio start making space in his awards cabinet? Or does this just look like another stuffy biopic to you? Let us know!


    • BogdanZ

      Aug 14th 2011, 14:03

      yeah, playing gay guys equals at least a nomination

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    • ScottFree

      Aug 15th 2011, 10:34

      Don't you all love Clint his age still making nearly perfect movies... I'll tell you now that this is another statue for Clint.... and finally one for Di Caprio...after being robbed last year!

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