Few genres have become safer bets for awards season than biopics. However, the prestige of the genre has also led to a major over-saturation of these types of films. That being said, every now and then we see a trailer for one that really gets us excited as moviegoers. Warren Beatty's upcoming return to the silver screen as Howard Hughes in the long-awaited Rules Don't Apply has done just that. Check out the trailer below to see for yourself.
That's a trailer that sells Rules Don't Apply as pure, unadulterated Oscar bait -- and I mean that in the best possible way. Centering on a young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) for the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) in 1958 Hollywood, the film follows this young man as he begins a forbidden relationship with a young actress (Lily Collins) as the wealthy businessmen also falls for her. It's a movie chock full of hilarious antics befitting a genuinely absurd man like Howard Hughes, but it also appears to possess a deeply profound love story set during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Each and every member of the Rules Don't Apply ensemble looks perfectly cast in their respective roles, but the one we're most excited about is up-and-comer Alden Ehrenreich. The actor most recently proved his ability to take on an old-Hollywood period piece earlier this year in his breakout role as Hobie Doyle with the Coen Brothers comedy Hail! Caesar. He's clearly got strong acting chops, and another great performance in Rules Don't Apply could go a long way towards proving his ability to nail the character of Han Solo when he steps into the shoes of the iconic character for the Star Wars prequel.
The fact that Rules Don't Apply will actually come to the silver screen in many ways feels like nothing short of a miracle. Warren Beatty has expressed a vested personal interest in making the project since the 1970s, and as his career has worn on, it became more and more likely that he would never get a chance to chronicle the life of the eccentric Howard Hughes on the big screen. Although he hasn't made a movie in quite some time, it's abundantly clear that the aging actor/filmmaker hasn't missed a beat as he appears to effortlessly shoulder the dual burden of directing Rules Don't Apply while simultaneously taking on its most important role. The man may be getting older, but it's clear that he's still got it.
We here at Cinema Blend will keep you up to date with all of the latest and greatest details related to Warren Beatty's return to the silver screen. Rules Don't Apply will land in theaters this fall on November 23 -- just in time for awards season.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.