Clint Eastwood's 'J.Edgar' to Open AFI Fest

J. Edgar Film Still Leonardo DiCaprio -H 2011
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The Warner Bros.-distributed biopic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will premiere on Nov. 3 in advance of its Nov. 9 theatrical release.

The mystery of where Clint Eastwood’s anticipated J.Edgar will premiere has been solved.


After bypassing the Venice/Telluride/Toronto festival scene, the biopic will openen the American Film Institute's annual AFI Fest. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and written by Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black, the Warner Bros.-distributed film will debut at a gala on Nov. 3 in advance of its opening in limited theaters on November 9 and a platform release (and awards campaign) after that.


"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,” AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale said in a statement.

This year's 25th annual AFI Fest will take place from November 3 through November 10 in and around Hollywood. Venues include the Chinese Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.