The AFI has announced that Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply will be the opening night film on November 10 at AFI Fest. Rules Don’t Apply stars Beatty who also wrote, produced and directed the film. The film stars Lily Collins as an aspiring actress who meets a chauffeur played by Alden Ehrenreich, both are employed by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes who forbids his employees to date each other . The two fall in love and a forbidden romance blossoms between the two. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ number one rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ 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.
Rules Don’t Apply also stars Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, Steve Coogan and Ed Harris, as well as Haley Bennett, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Taissa Farmiga, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen.
In a statement, Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO said, “Warren Beatty has charmed and challenged moviegoers from his first moment on screen, and his talents as an actor, director, writer and producer have always transcended trends.” He added, “AFI is honored to present the World Premiere of his newest gift to America’s cultural legacy.”
“We are launching the 30th edition of AFI FEST with a new Warren Beatty film that takes place in 1950s Hollywood. Romantic entanglements, the youthful pursuit of success and an outlandish billionaire are brought to life by a remarkable ensemble cast,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST. “On Opening Night, the TCL Chinese Theatre, the quintessential temple of cinema in Hollywood, will shine a light on Rules Don’t Apply.”
AFI Fest takes place from November 10-17 with screenings, galas and other events. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.
Watch the trailer for the film below. Rules Don’t Apply opens on November 23.