Legendary actor/director Warren Beatty is firming up plans for his return to the silver screen. Beatty has chosen Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) as the female lead in his untitled pic about Howard Hughes. Jones will play “a young woman who develops a relationship with Hughes’ young driver and confidante, before she falls in love with Hughes.” The Aviator this is not. Beatty wrote, will direct, and plans to star in the film as Hughes. Jones has received high praise for her work in Like Crazy, so she seems like a fine choice for the role. However, I’m more than a little creeped out by the idea of 74-year-old Beatty romancing 27-year-old Jones.
We previously reported that Beatty was meeting with a number of actors, including Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Jack Nicholson, and his wife Annette Bening to possibly star in the film, and now Deadline adds Justin Timberlake, Owen Wilson, and Alden Ehrenreich (Somewhere) to that list. Production is expected to begin sometime next year, and now that Beatty has his female lead casting should pick up.