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Leonardo DiCaprio gets corrupted in the trailer for Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar (2011)

With a release less than two months away, Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort J. Edgar (2011) finally gets a trailer.  The film did not even have a teaser trailer and the marketing has been pretty hush-hush thus far.  This is somewhat surprising and perhaps disconcerting given we haven’t heard or seen hardly anything yet even though it boasts a great cast and director.  Nonetheless, with the theatrical trailer you can now judge for yourself.

The trailer begins with a very serious voiceover, probably too serious but it may not be the exact take found in the film.  After that, we get glimpses of the notorious J. Edgar Hoover’s life, from founding the Federal Bureau of Investigation and his troubles with the rest of the government to hinting at his hiding some damaging secrets of his own (i.e. homosexuality with his “#2 man” Clyde Tolson played by The Social Network’s Armie Hammer).

The trailer doesn’t make it a total can’t wait kind of movie, but it remains a highly anticipated film.  This could be Leonardo DiCaprio’s chance to finally win Oscar gold, but then again he has stiff competition already and the trailer looks more like Oscar bait than real a contender (PS Doesn’t he look like Orson Welles as an older Citizen Kane in the older shots?).  We will just have to wait and see how Eastwood’s vision plays out and how DiCaprio inhabits the historical role.

As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. (IMDB)

J. Edgar – starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Judi Dench, Lea Thompson, Stephen Root, Dermot Mulroney, Jeffrey Donovan, and Ed Westwick – sneaks into theaters on November 9 as a limited release then opens wide two days later on November 11, 2011.





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