The fall movie season is about to begin, and character-driven dramas should be just the thing to remedy me from a bad case of blockbuster fatigue. We’ve had our share of popcorn movies this summer, some great (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and some painful (Green Lantern), but I’m very much ready for the promising flicks slated for the second half of this year, including Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar.
Just yesterday we got our first official look at Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular character in the film, and now a few more images have been released, giving us our first look at Armie Hammer as Hoover’s confidant/purported lover Clyde Tolson. Additionally, Eastwood revealed that the film leaves much of Edgar’s sexuality up for debate. Hit the jump for the images and quotes from Eastwood.
While Hoover’s rumored homosexuality was expected to play a role in the film, especially given that Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black wrote the screenplay, Eastwood tells EW that they went for a more ambiguous take:
“Some people might interpret it that way. Some people might say [he and Tolson] were just inseparable pals. Or maybe it’s a love story without being gay, I don’t know. But it’s very interesting, the way Lance laid out the script. It was nicely written. It didn’t go to the obvious.”
So it sounds like Black’s script opted for a more nuanced approach, even though the article states that Black definitely believes Hoover’s “ultimate mad grip on power was driven by his own suppressed desire.” However, Hammer has previously commented on the physical intimacy that occurs between his character and DiCaprio, so the film won’t be completely void of Hoover’s purported homosexuality. Regardless, Eastwood’s biopic promises to be an intriguing character study and I’m inclined to believe that DiCaprio will deliver another powerhouse performance. J. Edgar also stars Naomi Watts and Judi Dench. The film opens November 9th.
Here are the new images (via EW):