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Leonardo DiCaprio in first-look “J. Edgar” photo – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Leonardo DiCaprio has collaborated with so many legendary directors over the years — from Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan to Baz Luhrmann and James Cameron – that its easy to overlook the fact that he has yet to work with Clint Eastwood. They each bring such different skill sets to a project, which is why Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” a biopic of the controversial FBI founder, is high on our eager-to-see list this fall.

Written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), the film reportedly covers several key aspects of Hoover’s career, spanning the Charles Lindbergh (Josh Lucas) baby-kidnapping case from the 1930s to the director’s clashes with Richard Nixon (Christopher Shyer) in the 1970s. Eastwood’s cast includes Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson and Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy, Hoover’s secretary and most-trusted advisor.

We were disappointed to learn that “J. Edgar” was skipping the fall film festival circuit (though some analysts still are predicting it could land on Toronto’s schedule when all is said and done the way “Hereafter” was added at the last minute). Right now, it’s eyeing a limited release on Wednesday, Nov. 9 before going wide two days later.

But as part of its Fall Movie Preview, EW has a first-look photo of DiCaprio in the role. We have it below. Expect plenty more “J. Edgar” coverage as we work our way through the awards season and determine if Eastwood has another Oscar contender on his hands.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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