Film crews have been shooting a movie directed by Clint Eastwood throughout the state.
In a release, Gov. Bob McDonnell stated “Clint Eastwood is an American legend, and we are thrilled he chose Virginia for his film about the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Virginia is an excellent location for film production with its rich history and natural beauty, and we are working diligently to bring more film production like this to the Commonwealth.”
McDonnell stated scenes are being filmed in Fauquier and Fairfax counties, as well as Alexandria and Arlington.
The film, titled “J. Edgar,” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the of the FBI. Dame Judy Dench also stars as Hoover’s mother and Naomi Watts as his secretary.
According to McDonnell, Virginia’s film industry generated more than 2,700 jobs in 2009, with a financial impact of $346 million.
Eastwood’s shoot comes as McDonnell proposed an additional $1.5 million to lure Hollywood productions to the state.