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Clint Eastwood to Direct DiCaprio in J. Edgar Hoover Biopic

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Jun 18, 2010 | 12:48pm EDT

ALTLeonardo DiCaprio, one of Hollywood's most talented A-list actors, is set to star in a biopic of the F.B.I.'s first director (and notorious communist hunter), J. Edgar Hoover, to be directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood.  The yet-unnamed project will be DiCaprio's first with Eastwood, a substantial shift for the actor who has worked with director Martin Scorsese on all four of his most recent films.

Although some people might be quick to draw a parallel between this film and Robert De Niro's 2006 The Good Shepherd (starring Matt Damon), the comparison doesn't really hold up.  De Niro's was a fictional biopic of a man loosely based on James Angleton, the ALTchief of the C.I.A during the early years of the Cold War; Hoover's career spanned the late 20s and early 30s, at the height of a wave of gangster violence caused by Prohibition and organized crime.  And most importantly, Eastwood as a director is far superior to De Niro, whose only other directorial project was the 1993 A Bronx Tale.

The epic F.B.I. drama and Hoover biopic will be produced by Brian Grazer and Rob Lorenz, with a script from Dustin Lance Black, who wrote 2008's Academy Award nominated Milk.  Principal photography should begin later this year.

Source: Deadline

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