You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘J. Edgar’ to kick off AFI Fest

Eastwood pic to have its world premiere Nov. 3

Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” will have its world premiere as the opening night gala of the AFI Fest on Nov. 3.

Although past Eastwood pics have preemed at the New York Film Festival, “J. Edgar” bypassed both the New York and Toronto fests, and Warner Bros. set a Nov. 9 release, which opened the possibility of an AFI debut. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the FBI’s founding director, with Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench co-starring.

“Clint Eastwood is an American icon, one whose work as a director, actor, producer and composer not only stands the test of time but also continues to add new, rich chapters with each passing year,” said Bob Gazzale, prexy-CEO of the American Film Institute.

Eastwood received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1996.

The 25th AFI Fest, which takes place Nov. 3-10 in Hollywood, will offer free tickets to all screenings, though only limited spots are available at galas such as the opening.

More Film

  • Mia FarrowTime 100 Gala, Arrivals, New

    Mia Farrow Didn't Want Dylan Farrow to Talk About Woody Allen Sex Abuse Claims

    Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” will have its world premiere as the opening night gala of the AFI Fest on Nov. 3. Although past Eastwood pics have preemed at the New York Film Festival, “J. Edgar” bypassed both the New York and Toronto fests, and Warner Bros. set a Nov. 9 release, which opened the possibility […]

  • Melissa McCarthy The Kitchen

    Melissa McCarthy Snorts Ecstasy With Sex Crazed Puppets in 'Happytime Murders'

    Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” will have its world premiere as the opening night gala of the AFI Fest on Nov. 3. Although past Eastwood pics have preemed at the New York Film Festival, “J. Edgar” bypassed both the New York and Toronto fests, and Warner Bros. set a Nov. 9 release, which opened the possibility […]

  • It movie review

    'It: Chapter 2' Director Andy Muschietti Says 'Bring Your Adult Diapers'

    Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” will have its world premiere as the opening night gala of the AFI Fest on Nov. 3. Although past Eastwood pics have preemed at the New York Film Festival, “J. Edgar” bypassed both the New York and Toronto fests, and Warner Bros. set a Nov. 9 release, which opened the possibility […]

  • Deadpool 2 Ocean's 8

    Poll: Which Summer Tentpole Are You Most Excited to See?

    Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” will have its world premiere as the opening night gala of the AFI Fest on Nov. 3. Although past Eastwood pics have preemed at the New York Film Festival, “J. Edgar” bypassed both the New York and Toronto fests, and Warner Bros. set a Nov. 9 release, which opened the possibility […]

  • Matthew Rhys, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis,

    Can 'Mowgli' Sell MovieGoers on a Darker 'Jungle Book'?

    Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” will have its world premiere as the opening night gala of the AFI Fest on Nov. 3. Although past Eastwood pics have preemed at the New York Film Festival, “J. Edgar” bypassed both the New York and Toronto fests, and Warner Bros. set a Nov. 9 release, which opened the possibility […]

  • Fantastic Beasts

    Eddie Redmayne Faces the Dark Arts in 'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Footage

    Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” will have its world premiere as the opening night gala of the AFI Fest on Nov. 3. Although past Eastwood pics have preemed at the New York Film Festival, “J. Edgar” bypassed both the New York and Toronto fests, and Warner Bros. set a Nov. 9 release, which opened the possibility […]

  • 'WarGames' Composer Arthur B. Rubinstein Dead

    'WarGames' Composer Arthur B. Rubinstein Dies at 80

    Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” will have its world premiere as the opening night gala of the AFI Fest on Nov. 3. Although past Eastwood pics have preemed at the New York Film Festival, “J. Edgar” bypassed both the New York and Toronto fests, and Warner Bros. set a Nov. 9 release, which opened the possibility […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content