Naomi Watts Set For "J. Edgar"

1/30/2011 Posted by Admin

Naomi Watts Set For "J. Edgar"

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By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

As if having Leonardo DiCarprio, Armie Hammer and Josh Lucas weren't enough, Clint Eastwood had added yet another solid name to his upcoming film, "J.Edgar."

According to Variety, Naomi Watts has signed on to star in Eastwood's Hoover biopic. Watts will play the role of Helen Gandy, who was J. Edgar Hoover’s secretary for 54 years.

She was the loyal keeper of his secrets, and a major behind-the-scenes influence in the inner workings of the FBI. After the former director's death, Gandy spent weeks destroying Hoover's personal files of incriminating evidence which he used to manipulate and control major figures.

Charlize Theron was originally expected to play the role, but she signed for "Snow White and the Huntsman" instead.

The cast of this film just seems to get better by the day and already includes DiCaprio as Hoover himself; Hammer as his lover. Clyde Tolson; Josh Lucas as aviator Charles Lindbergh; Ken Howard as Attorney General Harlan F. Stone; Ed Westwick as the author of Hoover's biography; and Damon Herriman as Bruno Hauptmann.

Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Rob Lorenz are producing the film, which will start shooting later this year.

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