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Stephen Root Joins Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 24, 2011 3:28 AM
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With filming already underway (you can check out some set pics here), a new name has been added to the cast, a longtime character actor who will bolster an already starry film.

Variety reports that Stephen Root (“Office Space," "No Country For Old Men," "Cedar Rapids") has joined the project. He'll be taking on the role of Arthur Koehler, a wood specialist at Forest Product Laboratories, who uses his expertise to help Hoover investigate the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby by tracing the origins of the ladder used by the perpetrator.

Root rounds out a cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio in the titular role with “The Social Network” breakout star Armie Hammer playing Hoover’s assistant/closeted lover Clyde Tolson; Josh Lucas as famed aviator Charles Lindbergh; Ed Westwick as Agent Smith, an operative gifted with writing skills; Damon Herriman as Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby; Judi Dench as Hoover's mom; Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary and Ken Howard as lawyer and jurist Harlan F. Stone.

By the time we finish typing this, Eastwood has probably shot four pages of script, edited them, wrapped for the day and hit the golf course. So, yeah, expect it in theaters this fall.

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