Howard Hughes Dramedy Rules Don’t Apply Gets Catchy First Trailer


Tinsel Town beckons in the snappy first trailer for Rules Don’t Apply, Fox’s upcoming period dramedy written, directed and produced by Warren Beatty.

Going one step further, in making his first screen appearance in years, Beatty will assume the role of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Although, in saying that, Rules Don’t Apply is really an old-timey love story between Lily Collins’ aspiring young actress and Alden Ehrenreich – your new Han Solo.

After languishing on the shelf as his untitled Howard Hughes project for the longest time, there’s a hushed excitement swirling around Beatty’s passion project as it nears theatrical release – potentially even awards chatter, too.

The writer-director has assembled a cracking cast of A-listers, as well, surrounding Collins and Ehrenreich with Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen.

Rules Don’t Apply is pegged to arrive on November 11.


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.

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