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Felicity Jones Talks Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes Movie, ‘Hysteria’ & More After ‘Like Crazy’ Gotham Award Win

Felicity Jones Talks Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Movie, 'Hysteria' & More After 'Like Crazy' Gotham Award Win

Felicity Jones is often compared to her friend Carey Mulligan for being this year’s It Girl — a title perhaps reinforced by her win Monday as Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Awards — but Jones hopes to prove she’s got longevity with her post-“Like Crazy” choices, even if a lot of them are love interest parts.

“The key is working with great directors,” Jones told The Playlist following her win. “A film is so many different people and all their talents, but particularly the directors, because of the idiosyncrasies of that person.”

To that end, Jones reteamed with “Like Crazy” director Drake Doremus for his next film, as yet untitled, in which she would play a character who tempts a married Guy Pearce. “It’s a companion piece to ‘Like Crazy,’ in that it’s another aspect of love,” she said. “And it’s also largely improvised, so it’s a variation in that aspect as well. Maybe we can call it ‘Like Crazier’!”

For Tanya Wexler‘s upcoming invention-of-the-vibrator comedy “Hysteria,” Jones was attracted to the subject matter as well — “It’s stimulating!” she joked — and welcomed the chance to play against type. As a foil to Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s character, Jones is part of a love triangle with Hugh Dancy. “I play Maggie’s younger sister,” Jones said. “She’s a prim and proper Victorian woman, very conventional, very conservative, and a bit dim. Hugh thinks he’s falling for her, because at first she fits his vision of what is perfect femininity, until he meets Maggie’s character. And then you realize that we’re not actually right for each other, my character is too stupid for him, and he should be with Maggie.”

Next on Jones’ plate is working with Warren Beatty for his untitled Howard Hughes film, which he wrote and will direct and star in next year. “It’s something I’m very excited about,” she said. “The story in part is about Howard Hughes, and Warren is Hughes, but the other aspect is two young people who work for him, one of which is my character, and their love story interweaved with their relationship with Hughes, and how he affects both of them.”

Her counterpart has yet to be cast, she said, but will be decided in “the next few weeks.” Justin Timberlake and Alden Ehrenreich are considered the top contenders for the role. “I don’t have any say in who it should be, but there’s an incredible array of actors to choose from,” Jones said. “There are some really talented people out there, so we shall see.”

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