The casting news comes just days after Variety reported that Screen Actors Guild president Ken Howard would be joining the production as well. He’ll play Harlan F. Stone, the man who served as U.S. Attorney General before being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court during Hoover’s rise to power in the FBI.
Watts and Howard join the already star-studded cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Damon Herriman, Josh Lucas and Ed Westwick.
The script, written by “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black, follows Westwick’s Agent Smith as he is commissioned by DiCaprio’s Hoover to ghostwrite the FBI director’s autobiography. Smith apparently comes a bit too close to the truth during his writing, which will inevitably lead to some backlash.
“J. Edgar” follows Hoover’s life during the time of the famous Lindbergh baby case. Lucas plays Charles Lindbergh, while Damon Herriman portrays Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping and murdering Lindbergh’s baby but whose conviction came into question later. Howard’s Harlan F. Stone will likely be a member of the Supreme Court when Hoover has to bring his findings on the case to trial.
Hammer is playing Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s protégée and alleged lover. Last but not least, there’s Judi Dench, whose role has yet to be announced. Since the film seems to be taking place during two time periods and there’s an emphasis on the fact that Helen Gandy was Hoover’s loyal secretary for more than 50 years, there’s a chance Dench might be playing an older version of Gandy in the film. Or she could just be someone different all together.
Is “Hoover” a film you’re looking forward to? Do you think Watts and Howard make good additions to the cast?