Rules Don’t Apply to Millionare Warren Beatty no that’s a billionare with a B. An aspiring young actress Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) for whom they work.
Rules Don’t Apply is in Hollywood, the year 1958 where Marla Mabrey arrives as a small town beauty queen, songwriter, and a devout Baptist virgin.
At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes where 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.
Marla become friends with Howard Hughes
Marla is informed that she will be meeting with Hughes. They briefly chat, and he calls Nadine to set up Marla’s screen test. When Marla starts to ask questions, Hughes ignores her. Marla leaves and goes back to Frank, who informs her that he will also be meeting with Hughes that night. Frank picks up Hughes, and the two head to his airport, where Hughes reminds Frank that he can’t have a relationship with any contract actress and asks if he suspects anyone doing so.
On June 20, 2011, Paramount Pictures announced that Warren Beatty would write, direct and star in an upcoming untitled film.
Mr. Beatty first directorial effort since 1998’s Bulworth and his first acting role since 2001’s Town & Country. Beatty had been working on a biopic based on Howard Hughes life for more than 40 years, after seeing him in a hotel lobby in the early 1970s and being fascinated by him. The cast includes 4-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris, 4-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (Beatty’s wife), and other Oscar nominees: Alec Baldwin, Amy Madigan, Candice Bergen, and Steve Coogan.