By Steve Pond at TheWrap
Sep 6, 2011
The AFI Fest has landed one of the awards season's big contenders, announcing early Wednesday that Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" will make its world premiere on the opening night of the Hollywood-based festival.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, with a supporting cast that includes Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench. Written by Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black ("Milk"), the film is one of the few major awards contenders not screening at the Venice, Telluride or Toronto festivals.
It will debut at AFI Fest the week before its November 9 limited opening.
This year's AFI Fest, the 25th, will take place from November 3 through November 10 at the Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 multiplex, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, all in Hollywood.
The AFI Fest is presented by Audi.
*Naomi is of course the newly appointed Ambassador of Audi Austrailia.
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