One of the big question marks that still remains in the upcoming Awards season is Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar. Since it avoided every Fall festival, the film has not been seen by anybody and only limited photos have appeared online thus far. That changes today as a full-length trailer for the film has been released on Apple Trailers revealing an ambitious looking effort from Eastwood and his star-studded crew.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as J. Edgar Hoover, the nation’s first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who became infamous for his ruthless pursuance of justice and questionable personal habits. Based on the trailer the film seems to span J. Edgar’s entire lifetime with most of the focus in the early days of the FBI. It also has a strong emphasis on his intense personal relationship with his partner Clyde Tolson. Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Ed Westwood, and Dame Judi Dench also star. The screenplay is written by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black.
Eastwood really seems to pull out all of the stops for this one with beautiful looking art direction, solid make-up work, and a voice-disguising accent from DiCaprio. The film is definitely Oscar bait, but will the Academy bite? We will have to find out. Check out the trailer below and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!
J. Edgar will be released in the U.S. on November 9, 2011.