Warren Beatty's Gestating Howard Hughes Biopic Finally Happening
After about 20 years of trying, Warren Beatty is finally getting his gestating biopic about Howard Hughes off the ground. The last we heard about the project had Beatty rounding up a cast that included Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) signed on for the film along with names like Alec Baldwin, Shia LaBeouf, Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Annette Bening circling the film. Now with the help of billionaire duo Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, with Terry Semel of Windsor Media and Arnon Milchan of New Regency, Beatty will direct and star, but who else has a role?
Deadline says Beatty will play Hughes, but the film will focus on the historical icon's assistant (Alden Ehrenreich of Beautiful Creatures) and his love story with a young girl (Lily Collins of Mirror Mirror). This sounds like it could be similar to Me and Orson Welles where Zac Efron's story took the focus, but unfolded because of a production directed by the iconic filmmaker and stage director. In addition, Beatty's wife Annette Bening will have a role (as expected) and Matthew Broderick is also involved in some capacity. We'll have to wait and see if any of the other names get involved, especially the picky Jack Nicholson who hasn't retired as was rumored awhile back. We're betting Beatty might not be interested in LaBeouf anymore considering his recent issues in the media.
On an interesting note, Brett Ratner, who recently saved Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn and is attached to produce the new Warner Bros. heist film with Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, is also producing this film through the RatPac Entertainment banner. He seems to be on a producing streak lately, not to mention having a new Beverly Hills Cop in the works. The film has already done some shooting, but production is in full swing today. We're definitely interested to get a look at this new film, especially since Beatty hasn't directed since Bulworth in 1998. Stay tuned for more updates on the cast.