Posted by Sarah M. on August 22, 1999 at 07:54:23:
In Reply to: Re: Michael Mann's next project posted by Bill R on August 20, 1999 at 16:50:09:
: Oh please. Gimme a break. Leo as Howard Hughes? Talk about mis-casting. I am surprised Michael Mann went along with that.
: Or am I the only one who thinks Leo as HH is a joke?
: Bill R
: : This may be old news, and of limited interest, but is still connected to LOTM (sorry I can't get on the site often enough to keep up!). This was a "news-flash" sent to me via e-mail from an entertainment site:
: : LEO SIGNS ON FOR AN ECCENTRIC ROLE: Leonardo DiCaprio has signed with Disney to play the late Howard Hughes in a film directed by Michael Mann. According to Variety, John Logan will draft a screenplay about the eccentric billionaire. Another Hughes biopic, starring Johnny Depp, is in development at rival studio Universal.
If it's going to be Leo as HH, then they'll need to rename it "Howard Hughes At Pubescence". Then, the version with Johnny Depp would be the sequeal -- "Howard Hughes as a Bizarre Young Man" -- which may be what they are filming. Don't anybody get me wrong, I like both these young actors, especially Johnny Depp, but don't really see the fit, esp. in Leo's case. And it WILL be interesting to see the story Michael Mann makes of it, as we all admire his story-telling of LOTM (even if he did plagiarize much of it from the earlier movie version).
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