DiCaprio signs for Hoover biopic?
Published 18/06/2010 | 17:46
Leonardo DiCaprio is to play J Edgar Hoover in a biopic directed by Clint Eastwood, it has been revealed.
The as-yet-untitled film will follow the FBI director's epic career and Deadline Hollywood reports Leonardo has signed up to play the lead.
A studio source told the movie blog: "He's going to spread his wings."
Oscar-winning director Eastwood is producing and directing the project from a script by Milk's Dustin Lance Black.
The production was originally turned down by Universal but has been snapped up and fast tracked by Warner Brothers and is due to be filmed later this year.
Hoover was strategic to the founding of the FBI in 1935 and helped turn it into an efficient crimefighting organisation.
He remained in his position as first director of the FBI until his death in 1972, but behind his public persona it was revealed he employed the FBI to harass political activists and used illegal methods to make secret files on leaders. Some biographies also claim he was a closet homosexual and cross-dresser.
There is also a small connection between the FBI founder and the studio - Warner hired him to act as a consultant on its 1959 movie The FBI Story and on the ABC spin-off series The FBI.