It is shocking to think that Warren Beatty has been absent from cinema screens for a decade now… but thankfully he is set to make a return, both in front of the camera and behind it.
The project? An as-yet untitled Howard Hughes biopic, which is said to be very different to Scorsese’s The Aviator.
The star of 1967’s Bonnie And Clyde has form when it comes to directing: his credits include Heaven Can Wait, Reds, Bulworth and Dick Tracy.
Considering Beatty still probably has the clout to cast almost anyone he likes, it's quite the show of confidence that he has selected British talent Felicity Jones - very much the next big thing – to play the love interest of the ageing Hughes (Beatty).
Impressing in Cemetery Junction and Albatross, she is set to capture the hearts of cinemagoers in festival-favourite LikeCrazy.
Justin Timberlake, Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin and Beatty's spouse Annette Bening are among the names in contention for the remaining key roles.
Whether this will be a another blow to Christopher Nolan's planned Hughes biopic (after Scorsese scuppered his attempts first time round), remains to be seen. And it looks like we'll be waiting a while for Dick Tracy 2...
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