Untitled Warren Beatty project

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Directed by Warren Beatty
Produced by
Written by Warren Beatty
Cinematography Caleb Deschanel
Edited by Billy Weber
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Country United States
Language English
Budget $26.7 million[1]

Warren Beatty has written and directed an upcoming American romantic-drama film. Set in 1950s Hollywood, the film follows business magnate Howard Hughes as he enters into an affair with a much younger actress.[2] It features an all-star ensemble cast, including Alden Ehrenreich, Lily Collins, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Taissa Farmiga, Chace Crawford, Candice Bergen, and Beatty as Hughes.


The film takes place in the year 1958,[3] and tells the story of an affair billionaire industrialist Howard Hughes (Beatty) had in the later years of his life with a young actress (Collins).[2]




On June 20, 2011, Paramount Pictures announced that Warren Beatty will write, direct and star in an upcoming untitled film, his first directorial effort since 1998's Bulworth and his first acting role since 2001's Town & Country.[4] Beatty had been working on a biopic based on Howard Hughes' life for more than 40 years, after meeting him in a hotel lobby in the early 1970s, and being fascinated by the business magnate.[5][6] On September 16, 2011, Paramount dropped the project and New Regency Pictures picked it up.[7] The film then stayed in the development stages for almost three years.[8] On February 24, 2014, it was reported that New Regency and RatPac Entertainment are producing and financing the film, with an estimated $26.7 million budget.[1]


On June 22, 2011, it was announced that Beatty was looking for an ensemble cast for the film, with him playing the role of Howard Hughes. He met with actors Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Shia LaBeouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney Mara to co-star.[9] On November 14, 2011, Felicity Jones was added to the cast of the film to play the female lead,[10] but later dropped out of the role due to production delays.[11] Justin Timberlake and Alden Ehrenreich were up for male lead, while Bening, Nicholson, Baldwin and Owen Wilson were rumored for other roles.[12] Almost three years later, on February 24, 2014, it was announced that Ehrenreich, Lily Collins, Matthew Broderick and Bening had been cast in the film; Ehrenreich is playing Hughes' driver Frank Forbes, while Collins is portraying his love interest Marla Mabrey.[1] On February 27, 2014, it was reported that Candice Bergen had joined the ensemble cast, portraying Hughes' secretary Nadine Henly.[13] On March 6, 2014, Martin Sheen was cast in an unknown role.[14] That same month, Chace Crawford also joined the cast in an unknown role. He was seen on the set of the film with Collins in late March.[15] Taissa Farmiga then joined the cast, portraying a character named Sarah.[16] On May 9, 2014, Alec Baldwin joined the cast of the film in the role of Bob Mayhew (Robert Maheu), the reclusive billionaire's lawyer.[17]


Principal photography for the film began on February 24, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.[18][19] On location filming took place at S. Grand Avenue and the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.[20][21] It was reported that production had completed on June 8, 2014 after 74 filming days.[22]


The first production still from the film, featuring Lily Collins and Annette Bening, was released by Elle magazine on October 20, 2014.[23]


  1. ^ a b c Busch, Anita (February 24, 2014). "Warren Beatty's Untitled Howard Hughes Pic Finally Takes Flight Financed By Billionaire Boys' Club; Ehrenreich, Collins To Star In Love Story; Bening And Broderick Also In". Deadline. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Chitwood, Adam (January 15, 2015). "Lily Collins Says Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Film Is About "the Trials and Tribulations" of 1950s Hollywood". Collider. 
  3. ^ "Actor Ashley Hamilton Talks New Project With Warren Beatty, Growing Up With Rod Stewart & More". K-Earth 101. October 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kilday, Gregg (June 20, 2011). "Warren Beatty Returning to Filmmaking With Paramount Project". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Warren Beatty's Big Return to Hollywood: The Real Reason for His 13-Year Disappearance!". Closer. November 25, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ Gallagher, Paul (May 18, 2014). "Warren Beatty puts his reputation on the line (again) with Howard Hughes biopic". The Independent. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ L. Weinstein, Joshua (September 16, 2011). "Paramount Drops Warren Beatty Movie, New Regency Picks It Up". The Wrap. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ Goldberg, Matt (February 24, 2014). "Warren Beatty's Long-Gestating Howard Hughes Film Begins Production; Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins to Star". Collider. 
  9. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 22, 2011). "Warren Beatty Playing Howard Hughes, Great Cast Circling". Deadline. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ Lussier, Germain (November 15, 2011). "Felicity Jones To Star In Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Film". /Film. 
  11. ^ Ge, Linda (February 24, 2014). "Lily Collins Replaces Felicity Jones in Warren Beaty's Howard Hughes Biopic; Alden Ehrenreich Also In". Up and Comers. 
  12. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (November 14, 2011). "'Like Crazy's Felicity Jones Is Warren Beatty's Choice For Howard Hughes Film". Deadline. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ Friedman, Roger (February 27, 2014). "Exclusive: Candice Bergen Joins Warren Beatty's "Howard Hughes" Movie". Showbiz 411. 
  14. ^ Busch, Anita (March 6, 2014). "Martin Sheen Joins Cast Of Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Movie". Deadline. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Daily Lily Collins - Lily with Chace on set of the Untitled Warren Beatty project". Tumblr. March 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ Grey, Nathaniel (May 27, 2014). "Coming to Theatres: Taissa Farmiga to Work with Warren Beatty". FrontiersLA. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ Busch, Anita (May 9, 2014). "Alec Baldwin Joins Warren Beatty's Untitled Howard Hughes Project". Deadline. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ Brevet, Brad (February 24, 2014). "Warren Beatty Begins Work on Howard Hughes Film with Alden Ehrenreich". Rope of Silicon. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Warren Beatty moving forward with long-gestating Howard Hughes film". Express. February 25, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Friday, May 2 Filming Locations for The Untitled Warren Beatty Project, The Kroll Show, Law & Order: SVU, How & Why, and more!". On Location Vacations. May 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Filming List – Feature Films" (PDF). The Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. December 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ Friedman, Roger (June 8, 2014). "Warren Beatty Wraps 74 Day Shoot on Howard Hughes Movie". Showbiz411. 
  23. ^ "Women In Hollywood Honorees". Elle magazine. October 20, 2014. 

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