Leonardo DiCaprio will play gay in the
upcoming Clint Eastwood biopic of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Nikki
Finke reported Thursday on Deadline.com.
Legendary actor-director Clint Eastwood
reportedly personally wooed DiCaprio to play the film's lead.
“He's going to spread his wings,” a
studio source told the website.
On board is openly gay screenwriter
Dustin Lance Black, who won a 2008 Oscar for Milk, the Gus Van
Sant biopic film about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician
to be elected in the United States.
The news comes on the heels of the
announcement that two additional Hollywood heavyweights are preparing
to play gay.
Bourne trilogy star Matt Damon
will star opposite Michael Douglas in an upcoming film about the life
of uber-entertainer Liberace. Douglas will play the flamboyant
pianist, while Damon will take on the role of Scott Thornson,
Liberace's alleged lover.
Hoover vehemently denied rumors that he
was gay and even appeared obsessed with the sexuality of powerful
people. His secret files reportedly included surveillance material
on Eleanor Roosevelt's alleged lesbian lovers.
The Warner Bros film is expected to
focus in on Hoover's time at the FBI, when he was most closeted.