Leonardo 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 chief 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.