There was a rumor last month that Joaquin Phoenix was up for the role of Clyde Tolson, the gay lover of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, in the biopic Hoover. Such is news to director Clint Eastwood, who responded to Reuters‘ inquiry into the matter with the splendidly aloof, “No. I don’t know where that came from… Didn’t he become a rapper?” Phoenix is reportedly returning to the craft after I’m Still Here was admitted as a hoax, though it appears it’ll have to be another vehicle — perhaps Big Shoe or The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Eastwood did confirm Di Caprio’s negotiations for the lead, saying “It’s a great role for him… [Hoover] is a fascinating character.”
Hit the jump for news of Til Schweiger joining The Courier and This Means War, plus details on Alan Arkin’s role opposite Jennifer Aniston in Buttercup.
Schweiger is apparently a huge star in his German homeland, fresh off the success of the second film in the Rabbit Without Ears franchise. On the heels of a substantial role in last year’s Inglourious Basterds, Variety reports that he has joined a pair of new American-born projects. He’ll play an arms dealer in This Means War opposite Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. McG (Terminator Salvation) will direct the comedy from a script by Burr Steers (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days).
Schweiger has also landed a role as an FBI agent in the action-thriller The Courier, directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now). Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars as the titular character, “a courier who has taken on improbable missions and never missed a drop.” Mickey Rourke recently signed on for an unspecified role.
Lastly, Oscar winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) is attached to star opposite Jennifer Aniston in the dark indie dramedy Buttercup. According to TheWrap, Arkin’s character is “a grossly irresponsible father who, in the wake of his wife’s death, decides to get his life back on track with the help of his slightly neurotic daughter (Aniston).” Niki Caro (Whale Rider) is set to direct from a script by newcomer Alice O’Neil.