Alec Baldwin, Shia LaBeouf, and Rooney Mara in talks for Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes film

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Earlier this week, Paramount Pictures announced that Warren Beatty is set to direct and star in a film for the studio later this year, marking his fifth time out as director in more than 30 years. Details about the project were scant, and no doubt the famously press-shy and secretive Beatty would have loved to keep it that way. But Deadline has since reported that Beatty will play legendary and larger-than-life business magnate and film producer Howard Hughes, and EW has confirmed that Alec Baldwin, Shia LaBeouf, and Rooney Mara are all in discussions to co-star in the film. Evan Rachel Wood, Andrew Garfield, Jack Nicholson, and Beatty’s wife, Annette Bening, are also reported to be in talks.

Beatty has been interested in making a film about Hughes for a good 20 years. The earlier part of Hughes’ life was the subject of Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, but, aside from Jonathan Demme’s fictionalized fable Melvin and Howard, the story of the latter-day Hughes — who became a near-total recluse, living in penthouse suites and picking up things with tissue paper to avoid germs — has not yet been brought to the big screen.

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  • whatevs

    Who is Shia sleeping with over there??

    • My son is also named Bort

      A lot of big wigs i guess.

    • Jem

      Shia is another one who just made a lot of connections in hollywood. Carey Mulligan also claims Beatty is her friend and got close to him. Both her and Shia’s romance was contrived for Wall Street 2. They are probably the only young actors Beatty can think of.

  • John C

    If Nicholson signs on I’ll be interested.

  • John C

    And how does Alec Baldwin work in this unless he is reprising his role as Juan Trippe.

  • Dee Jones

    There`s more to the story than we already seen in `The Aviator`? I don`t know about this. How about making a remake of `Shampoo`.

  • Rach

    The Aviator already covered the interesting parts of Hughes’ life. I don’t want to watch 2 hours of a crazy person afraid of germs.

    • Mr. Holloway

      “I don’t want to watch 2 hours of a crazy person afraid of germs.”

      Oh I don’t know…”Monk” had a very strong run on USA.

  • jose

    What happened to Christopher Nolans take on his later half of Howard Hughes?! i rather see his take on it than Warren Beatty

    • Tye-Grr

      Ditto. Especially since it was rumored to star Jim Carrey. Now that would’ve been VERY interesting.

  • Anno

    When are movie studios going to stop trying to force Shia LaBeouf down our throats? There is nothing even remotely interesting about him.

    • DTO

      There’s a movie in production now called THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD with a great cast that includes people like Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce . . . and then they had to go and throw Shia into the mix. I’ll still go b/c of the rest of the cast and its bootlegging premise, but I’m sure he’ll be the weakest link in an otherwise strong chain, just like he was in WALL STREET 2.

    • Carnewagon2

      Amen to that Anno!

  • Sharon

    I’ve liked Shia since “Holes.” I’m eager to see him do some smaller, character-based stuff now that he’s finished with “Transformers.”

    • John C

      He wasn’t good in the Wall Street sequel

  • Mr. Holloway

    Yeah, I know Shia LeBeouf has more than his fair share of haters (not without reason), but I actually think he’s a pretty talented actor who somehow got (mis)cast as a big Hollywood action hero.

    This is more the type of thing he should be doing, IMO.

  • bootsycolumbia

    I loved The Aviator and don’t want another Howard Hughes movie. IMHO, Martin Scorsese nailed it; nothing more needs to be said.

  • Greta

    If they cast Wood and Garfield I will be excited….Shia Labeouf and Rooney Mara…mediocre actors both, then I’ll pass.

  • irwan

    it’ll be cool to sign Leo DiCaprio up for a cameo or something.

  • Brett

    Warren Beatty is far too old to play Hughes at any stage of Hughes’ life. Further, his face has morphed into a fixed, almost plastic mask of immovability.

  • Buddymoore

    I just want to know if anybody else read the names listed as potential cast members because wow…..just wow.

  • Jem

    Oh please “famously press shy” how many events has he shown up to over the years and he hasn’t even done a film in 10 years? Don’t make him out to be Howard Hughes level of recluse. That’s just what Beatty wants people to think. He wants a mystique.

    Hollywood just kisses Warren Beatty’s behind. His last film was 10 years ago and one of the biggest flops ever due to his ridiculous demands and rewrites and reshoots that bloated a budget up to over 90 million for a romantic comedy. It was ridiculous. Beatty’s ego gets in the way. The only great film he directed was Reds.

    Beatty screwed over a lot of people to get ahead and now has all these connections so he is a true hollywood insider and people kiss his butt when he doesn’t deserve it.

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