You knew that Armie Hammer’s terrific performance as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network was going to lead to something great for the 24-year-old actor. And now, here it is: EW has learned exclusively that Hammer is in talks to join Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming J. Edgar Hoover biopic, which will now be called J. Edgar. In the film about the former FBI director, Hammer would play lawyer-turned-FBI-official — and, some say, Hoover’s lover — Clyde Tolson. Though the pair didn’t always agree on political tactics, Tolson remained a loyal friend and advisor to Hoover. It sounds like a juicy role that fits perfectly with Hammer’s combination of brawn and brains.
Meanwhile, Vulture reports that Charlize Theron has been offered the part of Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk Hoover selected as his personal secretary at the age of 21, and who wound up working for him for over 54 years.
Eastwood will direct J. Edgar from a script by Milk Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black. Imagine Entertainment and Malpaso Productions are co-producing for Warner Bros. Filming begins early next year.