After an absence of more than 15 years, Warren Beatty is back to write, produce, direct and star period drama Rules Don’t Apply.
The last movie that Beatty starred in was the over budget ‘comedy’ Town and Country, a production that was riddled with problems led to a box office disaster more damaging than Dick Tracy. On a side note, this is the first film that Beatty has directed since Bulworth back in 1998.
Beatty returns to acting to direct himself (from a script he wrote) and finally gets to star as Howard Hughes in a project he has spent more than a decade working on. Ultimately, Rules Don’t Apply is a love story between Lilly Collins’ character and Alden Ehrenreich with Beatty as eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Starring Alec Baldwin, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Lily Collins, Steve Coogan, Alden Ehrenreich, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen.
An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire (Warren Beatty) whom they work for.
It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behaviour intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.