As usual, Clint Eastwood's latest endeavor is attracting all kinds of top-tier talent. After locking Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role of J. Edgar, in which he'll play the infamous founder of the FBI, names big and established (like Oscar winner Charlize Theron) and up and coming (like The Social Network's Armie Hammer) have come on board to play various real-life roles. Now, a true screen legend has also come into the fold...
Sandwich John Films is reporting that Dame Judi Dench is now attached to the project. Though her part in the period-piece/character study is not known, her addition to the film keeps in line with Eastwood's ability to attract stellar performers. From Matt Damon to Hilary Swank to Angelina Jolie - to the multiple Academy Award winners who are circling J. Edgar - the stars continue to jump at the chance to work with the Hollywood icon. Though Theron and Hammer are still "rumored" for their respective roles (which are Mr. Hoover’s lifelong personal secretary Helen Gandy and his confidant/supposed secret lover Clyde Tolson), I'm sure they'll sign up soon enough. I'm still aching to know who else is interested in J. Edgar, as there are numerous historical figures that are important to the story yet to be cast.
J. Edgar should begin filming in February for a possible late 2011 release. Dustin Lance Black (Milk) wrote the screenplay and Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce.
Source: Sandwich John Films (via Screen Rant)