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Rules Don't Apply trailer: Warren Beatty's comeback gets first look

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Francois Duhamel

Warren Beatty’s first film in more than a decade has its first trailer. The debut teaser for Rules Don’t Apply dropped on Thursday, showcasing the period film’s romance, comedy, and intrigue — as well as Beatty’s role as billionaire eccentric Howard Hughes.

“I’ve had the idea of making a movie about Howard Hughes in mind for a long time,” Beatty told EW earlier this year about the film, which marks his first time directing since Bulworth in 1998. “We never met, but I sometimes feel like I knew everybody who knew Howard and I never lost my curiosity about him. It’s just that I don’t run around doing movies all the time.”

As Beatty explained, Rules Don’t Apply is a romance about two religious youngsters who come to Hollywood looking for glory. Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich star as the couple, and the trailer teases the complicated relationship each has with Hughes; Collins as an aspiring actress, Ehrenreich as one of his drivers.

The rest of the cast is a who’s who of talent, including Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, 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 out Nov. 23. Check out the trailer above and the film’s official synopsis below.

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), who 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’ behavior 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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