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Leonardo DiCaprio in first “J. Edgar” trailer – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell The first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s anticipated biopic “J. Edgar,” with Leonardo DiCaprio as the controversial FBI leader, hit the Internet this evening following its premiere on “Access Hollywood.”

We have your first look below (waiting on a better embed), and an HD version available via Apple:

Based on a screenplay by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), Eastwood’s film covers multiple decades in Hoover’s professional career as sheriff of Washington, D.C. (and the nation). It co-stars Dame Judi Dench as Hoover’s mother; Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy, Hoover’s trusted secretary; and “The Social Network” star Armie Hammer as Hoover’s protégé, Clyde Tolson.

As with any Eastwood film, the production values look top-notch, and DiCaprio – even under the makeup needed to age him beyond his years — looks formidable in the role.

Because he’s Eastwood, any film the director releases during the awards season receives heat, which is why we’re eagerly awaiting the first few screenings of this historical drama. Teaming with DiCaprio only boosts the film’s potential awards profile. But we’ll know even more when we see the film, and tonight’s preview footage could help set the mood.

“J. Edgar” opens in limited release on Nov. 9, then expands on Nov. 11.

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