Warren Beatty Chooses Felicity Jones for His Howard Hughes Project
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.