Warren Beatty’s long-gestating untitled biopic on Howard Hughes is moving forward again, but has had a significant makeover. Felicity Jones is out, and Lily Collins is in, according to Deadline, for the female lead role, while Alden Ehrenreich has landed the young male lead.
The previous incarnation with Beatty as Hughes had Jones playing a young woman who develops a relationship with the young man who serves as Hughes’ chauffeur, before falling for Hughes himself instead. There were rumors that the plot has changed somewhat, but the Deadline report still says (vaguely) that the film will center around Ehrenreich’s character, assistant to Beatty’s Hughes, and his love interest, as played by Collins. Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick also star, along with other “surprise” stars. The love story between the two young character is the focus, and there’s no more feet dragging on the new production, as filming has already commenced.
Collins didn’t see her star rise as “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” failed to launch the newest YA franchise, but she’s clearly onto bigger and better things. She’s also completed work on indie romantic drama “Love, Rosie” opposite Sam Claflin and is attached to the also very long-gestating “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” adaptation. Ehrenreich, himself an alum of a non-starter of a YA franchise, “Beautiful Creatures,” got his big break from Francis Ford Coppola via “Tetro” and “Twixt.” He last appeared opposite Mia Wasikowska in Chan-wook Park’s “Stoker.”