leonardo dicaprio j edgar First Official Look At Leonardo DiCaprio In Clint Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’

EW’s Fall Preview features this first official image of Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming biopic ‘J. Edgar.’  The film co-stars Armie Hammer as Clyde Toulson, Hoover’s second in command, and secret lover, Judie Dench portrays Hoover’s mother. Anne Marie, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Damon Herriman and Ed Westwick also star. Clint Eastwood directs from a script by ‘Milk’ Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black. Warner Bros is releasing ‘J. Edgar’ November 9th.

As America’s top cop for five decades, J. Edgar Hoover oversaw the creation of the FBI, helped popularize fingerprints and other forensic evidence, and wielded nearly unchecked authority to manipulate evidence and investigate supposed enemies of the state such as Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Now director Clint Eastwood is turning the tables, prying into Hoover’s life in a big-screen biopic that would doubtless make the notorious G-man squirm.

The movie traces Hoover’s life from his childhood in Washington, D.C., through his ascent to power in the 1920s, his 50-year reign over the FBI, and his death in 1972 — with Leonardo DiCaprio donning prosthetic makeup to portray the man well into his bulldog-like elderly years. ”To me, it’s really a story of how absolute power corrupts absolutely,” says the star. ”He was always an outsider.”