It premiered on Access Hollywood tonight, but thankfully Warner Bros. didn’t leave us to post shoddy bootlegs as the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar has arrived giving you a first look at the upcoming film, a film I have ranked high on several of my early Oscar predictions including Best Picture, Actor and Director.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the controversial FBI director J. Edgar Hoover with a screenplay by the Oscar-winning Milk scripter, Dustin Lance Black. DiCaprio stars alongside Armie Hammer, Judi Dench, Ed Westwick, Josh Lucas, Naomi Watts, Stephen Root, Jeffrey Donovan, Miles Fisher and Geoff Pierson and the film is set to hit limited theaters on November 9 and then expand wide on November 11 after skipping the fall film festival circuit.
I watched a little of the trailer and the first obvious takeaway is DiCaprio trying to sound like Hoover and wow does that makeup of him as an older Hoover look a bit like… Jon Voight? Armie Hammer looks like he’ll add a little something great to his role as Associate Director of the FBI Clyde Tolson and I really like the music. Do I need to add Judi Dench as Hoover’s mother, Anna Marie, to the list of Supporting Actress contenders
Have a look and see what you think. Are we looking at a serious Oscar contender or another Eastwood film that doesn’t live up to his reputation? Personally, I think it looks epic, but that’s just me.