Warren Beatty Begins Work on Howard Hughes Film with Alden Ehrenreich

Alden EhrenreichIt has been 16 years since we last saw a new feature film directed by Warren Beatty, but it seems the wait is now over as Deadline reports he's finally underway on his long-gestating Howard Hughes feature with production already underway.

The film won't focus specifically on Hughes (to be played by Beatty), but instead center on Hughes' assistant (perhaps Glenn Odekirk) to be played by Alden Ehrenreich (pictured) and his romance with a young woman (Lily Collins). Also starring are Beatty's wife, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick and word Jack Nicholson may even find a place among the cast.

The casting, as far as I'm concerned, is very interesting. Especially considering Ehrenreich, to me, is something of a cross between Leonardo DiCaprio, who previously played Hughes in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, and a young Nicholson. Should Nicholson sign on to co-star it would create a weird level of familiarity, especially should Ehrenreich and Nicholson share a scene together. My mind might be totally blown if someone were to cut scenes from this eventual film with Scorsese's Aviator creating something of a look-a-like paradox throwing my entire world off balance.

Don't get too excited about the Nicholson buzz, however, as Showbiz 411 says that's rumors largely started from the IMDb page for the film, which also includes Alec Baldwin among the rumored cast. Showbiz's source says "nothing on the IMDb" is correct. Of course, Showbiz claims the story is about Hughes and a young actress, not Hughes' assistant. So take it all with a grain of salt.

New Regency and Brett Ratner are producing on a $26.7 million budget with production already underway.

  • Carlos.

    Sounds promising.
    Ehrenreich was good in both Blue Jasmine and Beautiful Creatures, so I'm hoping he'll find the right material to break out.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnivore Ronnie Errick

    Very interesting. I've long been waiting for that right role for Alden Ehrenreich to really break out, because there is just a silent intensity to him that is so captivating.
    Similar as what I see on Dane DeHaan.

    An interesting fact --- Ehrenreich was discovered by Steven Spielberg in a bat mitzvah, and had him audition for Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro", where he won the lead role. The late Roger Ebert even dubbed him in his review of the film way back in 2009 as "the new Leonardo DiCaprio." Never knew Mr. Ebert was that much of a future teller.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ghislaine/ ghislaine

    I liked Ehrenreich in Tetro. He reminded me of a young Montgomery Clift or Warren Beatty. I'm not surprised that director Beatty is seizing this chance to make this long thought about movie with this young alter ego.

    I liked Ehrereich in Beautiful Creatures too. I love the quality he has of crafting a performance that could belong to many different eras. DiCaprio in comparison is very much of his own era and acting style.

  • Hudsucker

    I love Warren Beatty's Heaven Can Wait, so I'm very optimistic on this one. Also, I just realized if Ratner is producing, he could, theoretically be nominated for an Oscar. Brett Ratner: Oscar nominee. *shudder*