First Trailer for J. EDGAR Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

     September 19, 2011

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the biopic J. Edgar directed by Clint Eastwood.  DiCaprio is spot-on here as J. Edgar Hoover. He’s got the accent down, and I’m liking his intensity (but really, did we expect anything less?). I’m still a bit apprehensive about the film given Eastwood’s less than stellar resume from the past few years, but I like what I’m seeing here. It suits the director to get back to character drama after the ethereal nature of Hereafter, and this seems to be on the right track. The film also looks to be taking a delicate approach to Hoover’s suspected “more-than-friends” relationship with Clyde Tolson, played here by Armie Hammer. Overall, I’m impressed (though DiCaprio’s old-age makeup is a bit, um, questionable), but I’m still keeping my expectations relatively low. The film also stars Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Jeffrey Donovan, Ed Westwick, and Judi Dench also star.

J. Edgar opens on November 9.  Check out the trailer after the jump.

Here’s a very low-quality rip of the trailer from Entertainment Tonight. We’ll have the official embed once it hits later tonight. Click over to Apple to watch in HD.

Official synopsis:

Based on the life of J. Edgar Hoover, the man often credited with making the FBI what it is today: an efficient, crime-fighting organization shrouded in secrecy. Hoover founded the organization in 1935 and remained director until his death in 1972.


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  • emelin

    oh yeah!

    • aholics

      uhmmmmmmmmm…..that accent

      or erm…….voice…..

      just does not work for me at all.

      sounds very UNconvincing.

  • Desert Rat

    I smell Oscar for DiCaprio. Lord knows he deserves it by now. Shoulda won for Blood Diamond, if you ask me.

    • Dodge_Hickey

      I second that! Blood Diamond is a great film!

    • Sammy

      Agreed! He must hold the record for the most oscar nominations and never actually winning one! I think its time he actually won one.

  • Drew

    This is going to be epic.

    • Boring

      And by epic you mean Boring!

      • Lele

        and by epic I believe he means phenomenal

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  • Rick Bennettar

    This looks aweful. I though when he was dressed in the “old face” makeup someone had spliced into “dead presidents” footage from Point Break. Wow. What a mess.

  • William Forrester

    I think Leonardo will surely get a nomination for an Academy Award. I think he’ll get a Oscar nomination at least. He is incredible and he is amazing. And I think he will get it. It’s an incredible performance, just wonderful.

  • Oskino

    U guys are nuts!! He lost the Oscar to Forest Whitaker for The last king of Scotland… A way better performance!

    • Ash

      Dicaprio should have won for Gilbert Grape.. Even though he put a phenomenal performance for Blood Diamond.. he had NO CHANCE taking the oscar from Whitaker that year..

      DiCaprio however has been consistently brilliant and should bag an oscar if not this year.. hopefully within the next few years

  • Warpcrafter

    I’ve always wondered what Leonardo looked like in a dress…

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  • Terry

    I guess Leo found a way to indirectly let us know he’s gay. Come one, every time a new hot piece of female ass drops onto Hollywood Leo magically becomes her boyfriend. The when it’s time to break up the PR stunt Leo is seen in the most conspicuous place with a new woman.
    I could care less if he’s gay but don’t lie about it if you are.

    As for the movie? Meh! Has Hollywood corner office’s greasy palms all over it. This movie wasn’t made by Clint for his “collection”, it was all planned out by the studio for a chance at Oscar gold.
    I’ll pass!

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