Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Leonardo Dicaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Lea Thompson, Ed Westwick, Dermot Mulroney, Jeffrey Donovan, Judi Dench
Release Date: November 9
Why we’re excited: J. Edgar Hoover is one of history’s most iconic figures. As the first director of the FBI, Hoover achieved infamy through probing into the secret lives of criminals, bringing such techniques as forensics and fingerprints to law enforcement’s forefront in an effort to uncover people’s truth. But the man himself, however, was notoriously enigmatic, keeping his private life just that—private. Though, speculation has nevertheless covered his legacy, with accusations of homosexuality and a cross-dressing hobby.

With such a fascinating back-story, it’s amazing that J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood’s high-profile biopic, is Hollywood’s first production solely dedicated to the FBI maverick (he’s been portrayed in smaller capacities in films like Nixon and Public Enemies). In a casting coup, Eastwood nabbed Leonardo Dicaprio to play Hoover, a role that, if all goes well, could land the actor his fourth Oscar nod—maybe even his first victory?

Without a trailer, it’s too soon to predict, but Dicaprio certainly has a lot to work with here. In Academy Award-winning, Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s script, Hoover’s life is covered from childhood all the way through his FBI years, up to his death by heart attack in 1972. Smart money says Dicaprio kills it.