Movie News Wrap Up: November 20th, 2011

Here’s our wrap up of various movie news tidbits we may have missed this week including casting details on Warren Beatty's 'Howard Hughes' movie as well a report that 'ER'-alums, George Clooney and Noah Wyle both want the lead role in the Steve Jobs biopic.

Felicity Jones joins Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes film

This week:

Felicity Jones romances Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes; Amy Adams has Trouble With The Curve; Michael Kenneth Williams and Jon Bernthal Snitch on Dwayne Johnson; ER stars Noah Wyle and George Clooney battle it out for Steve Jobs and Stephen Frears directs The Bengali Detective.

1. Like Crazy actress Felicity Jones has snagged the female lead in Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes film.

According to Deadline:

“Jones will play a young woman who develops a relationship with Hughes’ young driver and confidante, before she falls in love with Hughes.”

It has also been reported that Justin Timberlake and Alden Ehrenreich are in the running for the young male lead, with the Bonnie and Clyde star portraying Hughes.

Paramount recently bailed on producing the film, with New Regency stepping in to help finance this passion project for Beatty, who has been planning the film for decades.

Beatty’s wife Annette Bening and old friend Jack Nicholson are expected to co-star alongside Alec Baldwin and Owen Wilson.

Source: Deadline



2. Amy Adams looks set to replace Sandra Bullock as Clint Eastwood’s co-star in Trouble With The Curve.

According to Variety:

“The story centers on Eastwood's character, an aging baseball scout who's losing his sight and decides to take a road trip to Atlanta with his daughter to check out a hot prospect.”

It’s believed that Bullock’s schedule was too full to star alongside the aging icon, which sees Robert Lorenz, Eastwood's Malpaso producing partner make his directorial debut.

Source: Variety



3. The Wire’s Michael Kenneth Williams and The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal will join Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon in Snitch.

“Johnson plays a construction company owner who becomes a DEA snitch to reduce his son’s prison sentence. Bernthal plays an ex-con laborer for the construction company who is forced by his boss to help connect him to an underground drug dealer (Williams).

Snitch starts shooting next month.

Source: Deadline



4. UK gossip rag Now is reporting that George Clooney is “battling it out” with his ER co-star Noah Wyle for the lead role in the Steve Jobs biopic - that is also trying to snag Aaron Sorkin for scripting duties.

Clooney and Wyle fight it out for Steve Jobs film

Wyle previously portrayed Jobs in the 1999 TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley - while Clooney is a bigger draw at the box office.

Does that mean either man will actually be tapped for the part? Probably not.

Source: Now



5. Director Stephen Frears and writer D.V. DeVincentis will re-team for an English-language feature adaptation of the documentary The Bengali Detective. The film will be produced by Fox Searchlight and Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free production company.

“(The original documentary) followed intrepid private eye Rajesh Ji as he explores Calcutta's criminal underworld while pursuing his dream to dance on Indian TV. The film took a look at modern India through the eyes of an unlikely hero.”

Frears and DeVincentis previously worked together on High Fidelity and the forthcoming Lay the Favorite.

Source: Variety

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

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