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Warren Beatty Wraps Filming on Untitled Howard Hughes Project

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 10, 2014 at 2:13PM

Film legend Warren Beatty has wrapped principal photography on his Howard Hughes project--the director's first feature in almost 20 years--after a 74-day shoot. In the slice-of-later-life biopic the 77-year-old producer-actor-director stars opposite romantic interest Lily Collins, 25.
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Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
Warren Beatty and Annette Bening

Film legend Warren Beatty has wrapped principal photography on his Howard Hughes project--the director's first feature in almost 20 years--after a 74-day shoot.  The film's plot is being kept under wraps, but reportedly focuses on a late-life affair the aviation pioneer (Beatty) had with a much younger woman (Lily Collins). Beatty is 77, Collins 25. 

It's taken quite some time for Beatty's film to take off: just this February, Deadline reported that billionaires Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, Windsor Media’s Terry Semel, Arnon Milchan’s New Regency and James Packer’s and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment had finally come together to finance the roughly $27 million production.

Beatty wrote the film and will star as the older Hughes, joined by Alden Ehrenreich as Hughes's assistant.  In addition, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick will also star, along with Alec Baldwin as Robert Maheu, a confidante of Hughes who purportedly received all his instructions from the idiosyncratic billionaire via notes and phone calls.

According to Roger Friedman, per usual Beatty demanded many takes for each scene scene and has joked that he has a year of editing ahead of him. Maybe Cannes next year. 

This article is related to: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, In The Works


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.