Untitled Warren Beatty project
|Directed by||Warren Beatty|
|Written by||Warren Beatty|
|Edited by||Billy Weber|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
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. 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.
- Warren Beatty as Howard Hughes
- Alden Ehrenreich as Frank Forbes
- Lily Collins as Marla Mabrey
- Matthew Broderick as Levar Matthis
- Alec Baldwin as Bob Mayhew
- Candice Bergen as Nadine Henly
- Annette Bening as Mrs Hughes
- Taissa Farmiga as Sarah
- Ashley Hamilton as Rudolf
- Evan O'Toole as Matt Mabrey
- Martin Sheen
- Chace Crawford
- Oliver Platt as Forester
- Megan Hilty as Sally
- Joshua Malina as Herb
- Haley Bennett as Mamie
- Patrick Fischler
- Josh Casaubon as Marvin
- Hart Bochner
- Brooklyn Decker as Barbie
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. 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. On September 16, 2011, Paramount dropped the project and New Regency Pictures picked it up. The film then stayed in the development stages for almost three years. 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.
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. On November 14, 2011, Felicity Jones was added to the cast of the film to play the female lead, but later dropped out of the role due to production delays. Justin Timberlake and Alden Ehrenreich were up for male lead, while Bening, Nicholson, Baldwin and Owen Wilson were rumored for other roles. 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. On February 27, 2014, it was reported that Candice Bergen had joined the ensemble cast, portraying Hughes' secretary Nadine Henly. On March 6, 2014, Martin Sheen was cast in an unknown role. 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. Taissa Farmiga then joined the cast, portraying a character named Sarah. 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.
Principal photography for the film began on February 24, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. On location filming took place at S. Grand Avenue and the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. It was reported that production had completed on June 8, 2014 after 74 filming days.
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