Armie Hammer, the 24-year-old star of The Social Network, is in talks to play opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the upcoming biopic of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger reported.

Legendary actor-director Clint Eastwood will direct the production and DiCaprio is confirmed to play the lead.

The film, based on a script by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black and now titled J. Edgar, is set to begin filming early next year.

Hammer is being pursued to play the role of Clyde Tolson, Hoover's alleged lover. The two men worked closely – Tolson landed the plum post of associate director after only 3 years at the agency – and socialized together, but vehemently denied claims they were in a romantic relationship. Tolson inherited Hoover's estate and his grave rests yards from Hoover's in the Congressional Cemetery.

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.