One Oscar contender we keep forgetting is Clint Eastwood‘s upcoming biopic, J. Edgar. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the controversial FBI founder, it also features Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Root, and Josh Lucas, with a screenplay by award-winning Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black. Add all those things together, and you should have a real contender.
But, the first trailer has shown up at Apple; I have to say, this thing left me worried. First of all — what’s up with DiCaprio‘s accent? It’s one of the only things I could focus on for the preview’s duration, with it veering from “1940s Simpsons character” to the announcer on an old horror anthology show. Good for a chuckle, sure, but that could be a problem in a period drama. Not to mention, that aging makeup looks borderline terrible. The only element leaving me with any sense of real hope for the final result is the relationship between Hoover and Clyde Tolson; the both of them were said to be lovers, and this is hinted at in an argument scene between the two. Otherwise, I’m not at all a fan of what they’re showing.
Watch it below:
J. Edgar will open in limited release on November 9th, followed by a wide opening on November 11th.
What are your thoughts on this trailer? Does it look like what you were expecting?
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