Actor eyes Clint Eastwood-directed biopic

Josh Lucas is in talks to portray aviator Charles Lindbergh in Warner Bros.’ “J. Edgar,” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Westwick, Damon Herriman and Armie Hammer.

Clint Eastwood is directing the biopic about FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, penned by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”).

Producers are Brian Grazer and Ron Howard through Imagine Entertainment along with Eastwood and producing Rob Lorenz through their Warner-based Malpaso banner.

Hoover was appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation in 1924 and was named head of the FBI when it was founded 11 years later.

Herriman is on board to play Bruno Hauptmann, the German immigrant accused of kidnapping Lindbergh’s 20-month baby in 1932 in what was then called “the crime of the century.” The subsequent trial against Hauptmann was one of the first major cases Hoover investigated.

Lucas will be seen next in Lionsgate’s “The Lincoln Lawyer.”

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