Warren Beatty and Phenomenal Cast Line Up for Howard Hughes Film
Earlier this week we learned that Warren Beatty would be in front of and behind the camera for a new untitled comedy set up at Paramount Pictures. At the time casting was said to be underway, but no names or story details were available. But yesterday, Deadline had a whole slew of big names that Beatty had been meeting with for the film and also uncovered that the project is in fact a film about legendary aviator Howard Hughes, though it's not exactly a biopic. Now EW has confirmed that Alec Baldwin, Shia LaBeouf and Rooney Mara are all in talks to co-star in the film which will have Beatty playing Hughes.
So what's the film about? Well, apparently instead of focusing on the earlier years of Hughes like Martin Scorsese's film The Aviator, this film deals with the later years of his life with one part of the plot focusing on an affair he had with a young woman. Nothing here really sounds like a comedy so far, so I'm wondering if some wires got crossed somewhere. Even more strange is the fact that Hughes' later years had him essentially become a complete recluse, and not exactly ripe with comedic potential. Either way, Beatty has been interested in making this film for about 20 years, so it's nice to hear he's finally getting it off the ground.
In addition, if those three names already in talks for roles in the film weren't enticing enough, Beatty has also met with Andrew Garfield, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Annette Bening (not surprising since she's married to Beatty) for potential roles. Like I said, there's an amazing cast coming together, and I wouldn't be surprised if this film turned out like Reds or Heaven Can Wait with a whole slew of Oscar nominations for the cast and crew alike. It's interesting to note that Baldwin also had a role as Pan Am World Airways founder Juan Trippe in The Aviator. Could he play the same role here? I guess we'll have to wait and see.