Actor Alec Baldwin has been cast as eccentric Howard Hughes' lawyer in a new Warren Beatty film.

The 30 Rock actor will portray Bob Maheu alongside Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich and Beatty's wife Annette Bening in the movie, which centres on a love affair between Hughes' assistant (Ehrenreich) and a socialite, portrayed by Collins, according to

Production on the film began in February (14) and Beatty, who wrote the script, is also directing and starring as Hughes.

Rush Hour director Brett Ratner is producing the movie along with Beatty.