Clint Eastwood is hoping to cast Joaquin Phoenix in his upcoming biopic Hoover, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. This news comes from New York Magazine's Vulture, which reports that Joaquin Phoenix would be playing J. Edgar Hoover's secret gay lover and protégé Clyde Tolson.
Joaquin Phoenix is said to be Clint Eastwood's top choice for the role. Clyde Tolson was the associate director of the FBI from 1947 to 1972, and was always in close proximity to Hoover. The duo also dined, socialized, camped, and vacationed together. Though Clyde Tolson was quite threatening when ever the subject of his homosexuality was brought up, it was subtly acknowledged that the two men were partners in life after Hoover's passing.
Joaquin is expected to sign onto the movie as soon as Leonardo DiCaprio's deal to headline the project is finalized. Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for his work on the biopic Milk, wrote the screenplay, which will explore Hoover's complicated relationship with Tolson.
Clint Eastwood's casting agent Fiona Ware will begin casting the rest of the film next month. Which has some insiders speculating that Casey Affleck announced that his Joaquin Phoenix documentary I'm Still Here was fake as to not jeopardize Joaquin's chances at garnering such a powerful and sought after role.