Entertainment Weekly has learned that the 24-year-old actor is in talks to join Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” (formerly titled “Hoover”), a biopic about controversial FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
In the film, Hammer would play lawyer-turned-FBI-official Tyde Dolson, a man many believe was also Hoover’s lover. Despite the fact that the two often clashed over political tactics, Dolson remained Hoover’s friend and loyal confidant throughout his career.
With the film’s outstanding pedigree — Eastwood in the director’s chair, DiCaprio starring and Oscar-winning “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black responsible for the script — signing up for this project sounds like the absolute perfect career move for Hammer. Better to keep upping his acting cred in a prestigious film like this than to take a big paycheck to play the lead in an action flick or thriller.
This marks for the first post-“Social Network” role for Hammer, who garnered critical raves — and is even generating Oscar buzz — for playing the dual roles of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, twin Harvard jocks who claim Mark Zuckerburg stole the idea for Facebook from them. Hammer imbued each twin with an individual persona and both with a surprising humility. His participation in “J. Edgar” would only add to our excitement for the film.
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