Warren Beatty Chooses Felicity Jones for His Howard Hughes Project

November 14, 2011
Source: Deadline

Felicity Jones

Back in June it was reported that impressive names like Alec Baldwin, Shia LaBeouf and Rooney Mara were all in talks to take roles in an untitled film about industrialist Howard Hughes from actor-turned-director Warren Beatty. In addition, Andrew Garfield, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Annette Bening (also Beatty's wife) were said to be circling roles as well. However Deadline reports the first official cast member, is Like Crazy star Felicity Jones taking the lead female role as a young woman who develops a relationship with Hughes’s young driver and confidante, before she falls in love with Hughes himself.

Jones has gotten plenty of praise for Drake Doremus' heart-wrenching romance Like Crazy which has been slowly rolling out to more and more theaters this month, and I'm willing to bet that she might have beaten out Rooney Mara for this role unless there's another part for which The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress is being considered. As for the other roles, Beatty is just starting casting and apparently new names like Justin Timberlake, Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro), and Owen Wilson are in the mix for various roles. Beatty has been working on this project for years, so surely he's looking to assemble the perfect cast, including himself. Production is expected to start sometime next year, and we'll likely have plenty more cast members to announce soon. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

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  • Tiki
    beatty still wants to play the 40+ hughes himself? that would be weird, he is in his mid 70s now!
  • Lebowski
    Since the song 'You're so Vain' was literally written about Warren Beatty, of course he wants to play a 40 year old man. He was probably worried that he looks to young for the part. 
  • happy camper
    that cast sounds horrible.
  • Collecting jars of his own urine? My attititude on Warren Beatty is sad fak that old cant. Who cares.
  • Hobbs
    Felicity is really gorgeous and very talented. Good for her to land such a high profile role. She deserves it.




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