Leonardo DiCaprio to play FBI founder

Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio is all set to play the role of the founder director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in a new movie to be directed by Clint Eastwood.

The `Titanic` actor would team up for the first time with Eastwood, who has agreed to take on as the director for the movie tentatively titled `Hoover`, based on the life of J Edgar Hoover and produced by Warner Bros, reports a news website.

"He going to spread his wings," a studio source said.

`Hoover` is written by `Milk` scriptwriter Dustin Lance Black.

DiCaprio has once portrayed a famous American when he took on the role of Howard Hughes in `The Aviator`. But the J Edgar Hoover role may be something new to him, as the crime-fighting figure was rumoured to be a cross-dresser despite his masculine image.

However, it is unclear whether the film will explore the darker side of the man who was instrumental in founding the FBI.