Ed Westwick In, Charlize Theron Out Of Clint Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’

Here’s some good news and some bad news for those of you excited for Clint Eastwood’s latest flick, “J. Edgar.” Bad news first: Charlize Theron is actually not involved in the film, despite earlier reports that said otherwise.

According to New York Magazine, Theron’s reps at William Morris Endeavor jumped the gun a bit when they started saying she was on board for “J. Edgar,” when she really had no intention of accepting the role of J. Edgar Hoover’s personal secretary Helen Gandy. It got to the point where she had to personally apologize to Eastwood for the misreporting, but all is well between them now. According to Deadline, Eastwood is now looking at either Amy Adams or Naomi Watts to replace her.

On to the good news: “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick has officially come on board for the project as clean-cut FBI operative Agent Smith.

Smith is apparently a great writer, and FBI director Hoover commissions him to ghost-write his autobiography, but apparently Smith gets a little too close to the truth. We don’t know too much about the style in which “J. Edgar” is being told, but this sounds too close to the narrative device screenwriter Dustin Lance Black used in “Milk” for us to think Smith is just a throwaway character. It could be that the entire story is told through flashbacks as Smith writes Hoover’s autobiography.

Also, some quick Theron good news as well to offset the fact she’s no longer in “J. Edgar.” New York Mag has learned that Fox is hoping to cast the South African actress in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel by rejiggering the script to create a sizable role for her. Other actors reported to have signed on are Noomi Rapace, Michelle Yeoh and Michael Fassbender. She should be getting the new version of the script sometime this week, and we should be hearing either a yea or nay soon.

What do you make of these new casting developments? Do you think we’re right about Dustin Lance Black’s method of telling Hoover’s story?