Hollywood just loves making movies about itself, as you’ll see in the fanciful new trailer for Warren Beatty’s splashy romance Rules Don’t Apply. Set in 1958, Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich meet cute while on contract for the eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes, played by Beatty. She’s an aspiring actress, he’s a chauffeur with brighter ambitions, and they bond amidst the glamour and promise of their surroundings. The only problem is that he’s engaged to be married, and to complicate matters even further, Hughes simply won’t let two of his employees fall in love—not under his watch.
Beatty has been wanting to make a movie about Hughes for decades, but this feels more like a throwback rom-com—the kind they just don’t make anymore—than an accurate depiction of the later years of Hughes’ life. (Besides, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio already told that story in The Aviator.) But nevertheless, Beatty in the director’s chair is a big deal. He’s a Hollywood legend who’s only directed four other movies in his career, the last one being 1998’s political satire Bulworth. It looks like Beatty nailed the vibe and the period details of the story he’s trying to tell, but we’ll have to wait until November 23 to see if the rest of the movie lives up to the promise of its look.
The sprawling cast also features Beatty’s wife, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Haley Bennett, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Megan Hilty, and more. You can watch the trailer above.