Felicity Jones to Star in Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Film

As proof of how quickly an unknown actress can become a highly sought-after rising star (just ask Jessica Chastain), Like Crazy star Felicity Jones has been cast as the female lead in Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes biopic.

Sure, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio brought us a Hughes biopic in 2004 with The Aviator, but this time around Beatty will be playing, we presume, an older version of Hughes.
Jones will play a young woman who starts a relationship with Hughes' driver. Actors currently being considered for that role include Justin Timberlake and Alden Ehrenreich. What this love affair has to do with Hughes has not yet been divulged, but it certainly helps separate it from Scorsese's version.
Jones is currently starring and receiving rave reviews for her performance in the romantic drama Like Crazy which is slowly expanding domestically. The film has already picked up the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, Hollywood Film Festival Award and Gotham Breakthrough Award and some pundits have the film pegged as a dark horse for the upcoming major awards shows.
Other actors being considered to come on board include Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin, Owen Wilson and Beatty's wife, Annette Bening, though their roles have not been defined. This Hughes biopic marks the first time Beatty has returned to acting since 2001's Town and Country and the first time directing since 1998's Bulworth. Production is expected to being sometime next year.


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