In a week where unsettling May-December romances have made headlines (jilted groom Hugh Hefner is filming a special about getting dumped by ex-fiance Crystal Harris, a woman 60 years his junior, while we all tried to scrub off the news that Lost actor Doug Anthony Hutchinson married a 16-year-old), it’s fitting that Warren Beatty’s upcoming film surrounding the latter years of Howard Hughes’ life will feature his affair(s) with much young women.
Beatty, 74, will not only be stepping behind the camera for the first time in 13 years, but he’ll also be portraying the infamous Hughes, who despite becoming a germophobic recluse, still found time to seduce — and carry on affairs with — much younger women. (The rest of the film’s cast will reportedly include Alec Baldwin, Shia LaBeouf, Andrew Garfield, Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening, as well as Rooney Mara and Evan Rachel Wood.) While there’s no indication of who the supporting cast will play yet, if Mara, 26 and Wood, 23, were to play one of Hughes’ conquests, it’s anyone’s guess as to which one they would be. While there’s plenty of Hughes’ documented lovers in his younger years (Ava Gardner, Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, to name a few), it seems the younger ladies he carried on affairs with kept pretty mum about being with a guy who, for lack of a better word, went a little off the rails.
So consider us intrigued. But who could play these mystery ladies? Wood, who is no stranger to dating much older gents in real-life (on-again, off-again beau Marilyn Manson is nearly 20 years her senior), could very well portray the unnamed teen Hughes wooed. Or, perhaps, she, Rooney, or Bening will play Hughes’ alleged secret wife Terry Moore, who was 24 years younger than him.
Ah, if only Hughes were around today, he would have made for some amazing reality television, no?
Do you think Rooney Mara and Evan Rachel Wood will be portraying Howard Hughes’ young mistresses in Warren Beatty’s new project? If so, which of Hughes many conquests do you think they’ll be playing? And are you intrigued about this mystery woman?