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Westwick pleased about Hoover role

Published 08/03/2011 | 08:56

Ed Westwick is happy to be working with Clint Eastwood
Ed Westwick is happy to be working with Clint Eastwood

Ed Westwick is "very excited" about his part in Clint Eastwood's J Edgar.

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The Gossip Girl actor is playing Agent Smith, the biographer to the late FBI director, in the biographical drama alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular character.

"I've got a role in a new film with Leonardo DiCaprio that Clint Eastwood's directing called J Edgar - I play a young FBI agent, so I'm very excited," he told Alan Carr for More! magazine.

Naomi Watts will portray Hoover's secretary Helen Gandy, Judi Dench will star as his mother and The Social Network's Armie Hammer will play his protege Clyde Tolson in the film, penned by Dustin Lance Black.

Ed - who also stars in Chalet Girl with Felicity Jones and Bill Nighy - denied he plans to leave Gossip Girl, where he plays bad boy Chuck Bass.

"No, I said something in an interview that was taken totally out of context. I'm doing other stuff as well, but the show's still going great and I'm having fun," he added.

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