The actor is reportedly in talks for the lead in the period drama, which was penned by Oscar-winning "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and is being overseen by Eastwood's "Changeling" producer Brian Grazer. Titled "Hoover," it would be the first collaboration between DiCaprio and Eastwood, whose current favored actor seemed to be Matt Damon. Eastwood worked with Damon on last year's "Invictus" and the upcoming "Hereafter" but may have chosen Damon's "Departed" co-star as his next leading man.
DiCaprio previously embodied the similarly larger-than-life historical figure Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator." He also portrayed author Jim Carroll in "The Basketball Diaries," Louis XIV in "The Man in the Iron Mask" and con man Frank Abagnale Jr. in "Catch Me If You Can."
The three-time Oscar nominee is also currently rumored for the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald in John Curran's "The Beautiful and the Damned."
Unlike with some biopics, DiCaprio might not have to age through the film. Though J. Edgar Hoover was in charge of the bureau for nearly 40 years, "Hoover" is said to concentrate solely on the beginning of the FBI in the mid-1930s.
This would place DiCaprio's representation around the same time as last summer's film "Public Enemies," in which Hoover was played by Billy Crudup. Other famous actors who've played the man in his later years include Ernest Borgnine, Broderick Crawford and Bob Hoskins, who played Hoover in Oliver Stone's "Nixon."
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