Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughges biopic has added Haley Bennett, according to the actress herself via an interview with Examiner at SXSW today. The long-gestating project had originally been set to star Felicity Jones but recently began filming with Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich in the lead roles.
Beatty is also set to star in the film as Hughes, but the main plot will follow the love story between Hughes’ assistant, played by Ehrenreich, and his love interest, played by Collins. An earlier iteration of this film had the young female lead caught in a love triangle with the two men, but it’s unclear if that’s still the cast. No word on who Bennett will play, as she only tells Examiner: “After SXSW, I get to turn back the clock and step into the 1950’s with film maker Warren Beatty and an incredible cast… I wish I could reveal more details but all I can say is I think this will be his greatest masterpiece.”
Bennett just wrapped up Antoine Fuqua’s “The Equalizer” remake with Denzel Washington, which already has a sequel in the works, and is at SXSW to premiere crime drama “Things People Do.” She shot for a while on Terrence Malick’s untitled next feature opposite Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara, and has college-set horror flick “Random” with Ashley Greene and Lucas Till as well as indie romance “The White City” with “Kaboom” co-star Thomas Dekker in the can.