Playing the Winklevoss twins to great acclaim in the hit movie The Social Network has elevated actor Armie Hammer from rising star to full-fledged stardom.
The latest proof is this: Entertainment Weekly reports that the 24-year-old actor is in talks to join Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming J. Edgar Hoover biopic, which will now be called J. Edgar.
The screenplay is being written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk).
Hammer would play lawyer-turned-FBI-official — and, some say, Hoover’s lover — Clyde Tolson. Though the pair didn’t always agree on political tactics, Tolson remained a loyal friend and advisor to Hoover.
Two years ago, Hammer’s biggest role had been that of evangelist Billy Graham in the film Billy – The Early Years. And yes, he is the great-grandson of U.S. business tycoon Armand Hammer and never considered changing his name.
“I’m proud of my family name,” he said in a 2008 interview. “The only time it only hurt was in junior high school when the nicknames started. I also get a lot of questions about baking soda.”