DiCaprio And Eastwood Start Shooting Hoover Early Next Year

By Katey Rich 2010-11-15 07:24:58discussion comments
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Coming off of what many believe are two career-high performances in Shutter Island and Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio once again has the world at his feet as he goes into making his next project, and has already set his sights on another legendary director who isn't Martin Scorsese to work with. We've known since back in June that he would be starring in Clint Eastwood's biopic about former FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, and given Eastwood's tendency to make films quickly and in succession, it was safe to assume that production would be ramping up shortly.

Now we have confirmation from DiCaprio himself. At a special event last night in honor of DiCaprio and Scorsese's seires of collaborations (via Coming Soon), DiCaprio joked that "infidelity is in place" as he prepares to work with another director.

"I will be working with Clint very soon on the Hoover project. I think it's going to start very soon. Maybe January or February."


Beyond the fact that Joaquin Phoenix won't be in it, we don't know much more about the project, which has been going by the name Hoover but could change. Because screenwriter Dustin Lance Black won the Oscar for writing Milk and is openly gay, many had suspected the script would focus on Hoover's rumored homosexuality and cross-dressing; Eastwood, despite being one of Hollywood's more notable conservatives, has confirmed that that's at least partly true:

"He was a very complex person. The homosexual aspect is just one of many. I would say that's the least of his problems. But he was also very clever, whether rightfully or wrongfully, he was very clever about keeping himself in a certain position in life, so it is an interesting study."


Given how quickly Eastwood puts a film together, it wouldn't be surprising to see Hoover--or whatever they call it-- in theaters in time for next year's Oscar race. Really, an Oscar race going by without an eastward movie to consider feels almost like blasphemy, so maybe we should go ahead and bet on it.
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