Warren Beatty’s long-in-the-works movie about Howard Hughes, Rules Don’t Apply, has been given its first star-studded trailer.
The upbeat clip blends historical fiction and rom-com (à la Woody Allen’s recent films) and finds Beatty playing the obsessive-compulsive mogul as an eccentric billionaire goofball — a far cry from Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of Hughes in Martin Scorsese’s 2004 biopic, The Aviator.
While Beatty scores several laugh lines in the trailer (“Billionaire, goddammit, not millionaire,” he grumbles while watching footage of himself, “and what the hell happened to the close-up of me in the cockpit?”), the main focus is the love story between the aspiring, Hughes-contracted actress Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) and her driver, Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich).
Amidst their budding romance, the couple must navigate old-Hollywood glamour and excess, their own religious backgrounds, company policy forbidding employees to date and the sudden involvement of Hughes to create a ridiculous love triangle.
Beatty wrote and directed Rules Don’t Apply, his first movie since 1998’s Bulworth (he also hasn’t appeared in a feature film since 2001’s Town and Country). Rules Don’t Apply also stars Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Haley Bennett, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Candice Bergen and Oliver Platt. The film has yet to be given a release date, but is expected to open this year.