Warren Beatty’s biopic of Howard Hughes has been gestating for a long time, mostly in secret. Originally greenlit five years ago and passed around a couple of different studios, the film has been in release date limbo for a long time, and didn’t even have a title until recently.
The film, written, directed by and starring the 79-year-old Beatty, marks the longtime star's first movie acting role since Town and Country 15 years ago, and his first film as director since Bulworth, 18 years ago. It’s set in the 1950s and focuses on Hughes’ time as a Hollywood producer. Now, we know what it’s called - Rules Don’t Apply - and when it’s coming out, this November. And we have our first look at it.
The first trailer for Rules Don’t Apply has now been released (see above.) The film tells the story of a Baptist beauty queen (Lily Collins) and a devout Methodist (future Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich) who meet in 1958 Hollywood while working for the eccentric Hughes, who forbids fraternization among his employees. The title of the film, presumably, has to do with their choosing to have a relationship anyway.
The film appears to fuse comedy with drama and old-style Hollywood glamour, while also finding room for a large cast of acting luminaries of a certain age that includes Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening, Candace Bergen, Ed Harris, Oliver Platt and Dabney Coleman, as well as the younger Taissa Farming and Megan Hilty, in addition to Collins and Ehrenreich.
Strange it is to focus a biopic on the story of a couple of his employees, Rules Don’t Apply looks promising. The film sports a great cast, including quite a few names that we don’t see on screen nearly enough anymore. It’s been a great year for movies about the Hollywood of old, including the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar - also co-starring Ehrenreich- and Woody Allen’s Cafe Society.
There was, of course, already a high-profile Howard Hughes biopic, 2004’s The Aviator, which was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio, although it was set in a different time period and had a very different thematic focus; Alec Baldwin, weirdly, is in both movies. Can Beatty still deliver the magic after such a long layoff, in a project that, for whatever reason, took a very long time to reach the screen? We’ll find out in November.
Rules Don’t Apply comes out November 11, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox