Josh Lucas and Naomi Watts on Board for ‘J. Edgar’
Clint Eastwood’s upcoming biopic J. Edgar written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, is shaping up to be a stellar movie with Eastwood directing and Leonardo DiCaprio on board as the infamous first director and founding member of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation: J. Edgar Hoover. Now comes word from Deadline that Josh Lucas (Poseidon, Sweet Home Alabama) has joined the project as another famous historic figure, renowned aviator Charles Lindbergh, the man who’s family was at the center of the “Crime of the Century” when his child (who was famously sensationalized as The Lindbergh Baby) was kidnapped and murdered in 1932. This story will be a subplot that ties into the involvement of Hoover in one of the most important cases of his career.
Deadline also reports that Naomi Watts (Fair Game, The International, The Ring) has signed on to play Hoover’s trusted loyal secretary Helen Gandy, a role which Charlize Theron was rumored to be up for. Gandy is described as to have been “indispensible [to Hoover] and she was the ultimate keeper of his secrets and a behind the scenes influence on the workings of the FBI. After Hoover died, Gandy spent weeks destroying his personal file, which contained the incriminating material that he used to manipulate and control the most powerful figures in D.C.”
The rest of the cast that’s already locked in include Dame Judi Dench as Hoover’s mother, The Social Network’s Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s alleged lover; Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) as Agent Smith “a clean cut operative hired by Hoover to write his biography”’; With so much star wattage now there is a definite level of expectation as to how this turns out but with names like Clint Eastwood and Dustin Lance Black, is there anywhere to go but up?