It’s been almost twenty years since Warren Beatty directed and starred in a feature film. 1998’s Bulworth was criminally underrated at the time, but the story of Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth has thankfully gathered an audience in the years since its release.
Rules Don’t Apply is his new film, casting a glance at Hollywood of the late 1950s and telling a tale of star-crossed lovers bound by studio contracts and the various social and religious shackles of the time. There’s a new trailer out today and instantly it jumps to the top of our must-see list.
Synopsis? Sure thing Ma’am,
The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress (Lily Collins), her determined driver (Alden Ehrenreich), and the eccentric billionaire (Warren Beatty) who they work for.
It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her personal driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), only two weeks on the job and also from a religiously conservative background.
Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have an intimate relationship with a contract actress. But Hughes’ absurd 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.
Here’s your trailer,