EXCLUSIVE: Called 'Rules Don't Apply,' the project stars Beatty as Howard Hughes and will be out in November

By Chris Nashawaty
Updated May 18, 2016 at 07:22 PM EDT
Francois Duhamel

Warren Beatty’s on the line.

It has been 18 years since the Oscar-winning director last stepped behind the camera with Bulworth, and even longer since he first flirted with making a film that involved eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

“I never lost my curiosity about him,” says Beatty. “It’s just that I don’t run around doing movies all the time.” You don’t say. Beatty’s epic hiatus will finally end on Nov. 11, when Twentieth Century Fox releases Rules Don’t Apply — an unconventional love story set in 1958 Hollywood that Beatty also wrote, produced, and acts in.

The film stars Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) as a religiously devout actress and Alden Ehrenreich (the new Han Solo) as her equally conservative driver, both of whom work for Beatty’s Hughes, who forbids entanglements between the employees. Beatty wants to make it clear that the young lovers are the focal point of the story (“This ain’t a biopic about Howard Hughes”) and that’s it’s a comedy (“It has some good laughs in it”). Then again, how could it not with a cast that also includes Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Candice Bergen, Steve Coogan, and Annette Bening?

Rules Don’t Apply is out in theaters on Nov. 11; check out first-look images from the film above and below, and head here to see an exclusive first look at Beatty as Howard Hughes.

Francois Duhamel
Francois Duhamel