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SAG prexy Howard joins ‘J. Edgar’ cast

Pic also stars DiCaprio, Westwick

Screen Actors Guild president Ken Howard has joined the cast of Warner Bros.’ “J. Edgar,” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Westwick, Damon Herriman, Armie Hammer and Josh Lucas.

Howard will portray Harlan F. Stone, who served as U.S. Attorney General in 1924-25 before being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the biopic about FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Clint Eastwood is directing from a script by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”).

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.

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

Howard was last seen in HBO’s “Grey Gardens,” for which he won an Emmy.

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