British-born Australian actress Naomi Watts is the latest big name added to the cast of director Clint Eastwood's next project, the biopic 'J. Edgar.' The film, which chronicles the life of longtime FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, now appears to have its main cast set.

According to Deadline, Watts will play the role of Helen Gandy, who was Hoover's secretary for 54 years –- a woman Hoover arguably trusted more than anyone. Being his secretary gave her access to many of his personal secrets –- and the inner workings of the Bureau. After Hoover's death, it was Gandy who destroyed all of his personal files, including the infamous ones that he used to control his political enemies.

Watts had been the first choice for the role, but a scheduling conflict forced the production to look for another actress. For a time, it seemed likely that Charlize Theron would land the part, but she's since moved on to 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' where she'll play the evil queen, and is a possibility for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus.' Meanwhile, Watts' dance card opened up, giving her the opportunity to return to the project.
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As head of the FBI for nearly 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes one of America's... Read More

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