Watch: Trailer For Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

by The Playlist
September 19, 2011 11:12 AM
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One of the key question marks in this year's Oscar season, one conspicuously absent from our most anticipated post-fall film festival picks feature published this morning, is Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," his decades-spanning drama about the controversial head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover.

The project stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular subject, and while in most people's minds Eastwood + DiCaprio = Oscars, that seems to be a rather superficial response. Almost everything made after 2004's Best Picture-winning "Million Dollar Baby" has been either patchy ("Invictus"), uneven ("Flags Of Our Fathers") a mild effort ("Gran Torino") or downright dull ("Hereafter") -- this writer would submit that "Changeling" is his best work since then. Then again that period accounts for eleven Oscar nominations ("Letters from Iwo Jima" scoring four including Best Picture and Best Director nods), but only two wins (duel sound editing awards for his two WWII films). So, ok, we shouldn't count out Eastwood, but we're still looking to be won over.

So the trailer? Well, right now all that's available is a bad bootleg from Access Hollywood so we won't cast any judgement for now. Watch it for yourself below and once Apple or Yahoo have a real embed, we'll switch things out. A proper embed is available for you to look at below.

"J. Edgar” is set to screen on November 9 in limited release and then quickly goes wide on November 11. The picture will make its debut at the AFI Film Festival just a few days prior on November 3. Written by “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black the intriguing ensemble cast includes, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Ed Westwick, Damon Herriman, Judi Dench, Ken Howard, Jeffrey Donovan and Stephen Root.

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26 Comments

  • Glass | September 20, 2011 9:21 AMReply

    That opening narration made me shudder with douchechills. I love Leo, but what's with the Hollywood kool-aid that it's always a great look to star in a Clint Eastwood movie?

    Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby (many would disagree with the latter) are his only movies from the past 12 years that aren't laughable in some way.

    I know for a fact that it's an extreme pleasure to work with Clint and it's a pleasant experience for everyone on the set, but it doesn't seem like great work is coming out of that. Can't fault a person for wanting a nice work experience, but this guy won't be supporting it..

    *opens huge bag of Doritos, continues watching internet porn*

  • Seth | September 20, 2011 8:05 AMReply

    Song is "November" by Max Richter.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GHRftsdlVo

  • Darwin | September 20, 2011 7:40 AMReply

    Hey William Forrester, do you think Leo will get an Oscar nom?

  • William Forrester | September 20, 2011 7:07 AMReply

    I think Leonardo will surely get a nomination for an Academy Award. I think he’ll get a Oscar nomination at least. He is incredible and he is amazing. And I think he will get it. It’s an incredible performance, just wonderful.

  • hank | September 20, 2011 6:51 AMReply

    Gran Torino wasn't a mild effort it was a big pile of SUCK.

  • Richtron | September 20, 2011 5:46 AMReply

    Gran Torino was a mild effort? My ass.

  • Fred | September 20, 2011 5:09 AMReply

    Bakunin, I do love a good (and accurate) rebuttal to typical snark. Looks like your detractor is the one stuck on net-prevalent Bill and Ted-speak (random! bogus! lame! epic!) and your definition is a little more in tune to Webster's.

  • KT | September 20, 2011 4:58 AMReply

    @ Bakunin

    1) I didn't even watch "Robin Hood" because I knew it'd be terrible.

    2) It's still not epic.

  • Bakunin | September 20, 2011 4:33 AMReply

    @KT, The film spans nearly 50 years of Hoover's memorable career involving some of the most notable criminal, political, social figures of modern U.S. history and that's not epic? Sorry if it's not some Ridley Scott movie with men in tights shooting arrows.

  • Duncan | September 20, 2011 4:12 AMReply

    The music is taken I think from a theatrical production "Black Watch" about the Scottish Black Watch regiment - - - I'm pretty sure it's used (very effectively) during the play's finale.

    This trailer for the play uses the same arrangement of the music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPXXTFczsTI

  • Alex | September 20, 2011 3:55 AMReply

    Is it me or do all of Clint Eastwood's movies within the last decade or so look exactly the same?

  • thirdman | September 20, 2011 3:23 AMReply

    This looks like every other biopic we've had in the past 10 years. Polished, fine acting, historically sound, a good script; but ultimately lacking in heart, and originality. This will be a fine film, but art? It won't scratch the surface.

    Also, I think that's the score to The Village, randomly.

  • Mike | September 20, 2011 3:23 AMReply

    Yeah, I don't think a negative reaction around here is from Transformers fans. Personally, I necessary understood DiCaprio taking the role, he'll Billy Crudup (who played Hoover in Public Enemies would have been better. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of DiCaprio, but from his very first line of dialog in this trailer I cringed at the voice he's putting on. The film itself looks very finely staged, but from the looks of it's the supporting cast, especially Armie Hammer that shines here.

  • KT | September 20, 2011 3:19 AMReply

    @ Bakunin

    How on God's green Earth does this look epic? Or maybe a more important question is why does that word now apply to everything?

    "Oh, shit that PB & J was EPIC!" ... Uh, no.

  • Nik Grape | September 20, 2011 3:19 AMReply

    Been there, done that. Eastwood's last great movie was Mystic River, everything's been downhill since then. This doesn't look like it'll change the course.

    Arnie Hammer will get a Supporting Oscar nom.

  • Cory Everett | September 20, 2011 3:03 AMReply

    Handsomely produced but looks like Di Caprios miscasting + bad old aging makeup will be its undoing.

  • c | September 20, 2011 2:22 AMReply

    needs more channing tatum

  • Bakunin | September 20, 2011 2:15 AMReply

    Looks epic. Not surprised about some immediate negative responses, the average American long stopped reading history or books in general, most kids probably think "Transformers" is based on fact.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | September 20, 2011 2:08 AMReply

    Um, that score is kinda of great. Have I heard it somewhere else before?

  • Darwin | September 20, 2011 1:56 AMReply

    Well @JoeMatthews, there are hints of Hoover's homosexuality... so gay, it might be.

  • Paul | September 20, 2011 1:38 AMReply

    Is that a still image from The Aviator?

  • MoniqueV | September 20, 2011 1:35 AMReply

    no and no

  • cirkusfolk | September 20, 2011 1:16 AMReply

    I too agree that Changeling has been his best effort in recent years but will go even further to say it is better than Million Dollar Baby....I guess I'm just not a Clint fan except for Unforgiven of course.

  • KitCon | September 19, 2011 12:38 PMReply

    This doesn't look like an Oscar-worthy effort from Leo. Or Clint. But cinematography looks good. I agree, Changeling despite running 20 mins. too long was his best recent effort.

  • Here you go | September 19, 2011 12:34 PMReply

    Here you go:

    http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/jedgar/

  • Joe Mathews | September 19, 2011 12:29 PMReply

    Looks lame... and kinda gay like Oliver Stone's Alexander.

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