Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has confirmed that filming of the upcoming biopic of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover will begin early next year.

DiCaprio commented on the project on Sunday during a Q&A presentation titled Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese in Conversation. The hour-long session was held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California.

Legendary actor-director Clint Eastwood will direct DiCaprio in the role of Hoover.

“I will be working with Clint very soon on the Hoover project,” he told attendees. “I think it's going to start very soon, maybe January or February.”

Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black announced in September that he had completed writing the movie's script.

Hoover vehemently denied he was gay, but willed his estate to Clyde Tolson, his alleged lover. The two men also worked closely – Tolson landed the plum post of associate director after only 3 years at the agency – and frequently socialized together. Other evidence that Hoover was gay includes the fact that many of his closest friends were closeted men. Rumors that Hoover was a crossdresser persist to this day.