10 things we learned about Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes movie

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Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes movie has been a long-gestating passion project, but curiosity almost it reached a fever pitch once news got out that the 79-year-old was using the latest in movie technology to make himself look younger in his depiction of the late business magnate, who was famous for his romances with screen sirens such as Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner.

Set in 1950s Hollywood, "Rules Don't Apply" follows the relationship between a young actress (Lily Collins) and her driver (Alden Ehrenreich), as they encounter Hughes (Beatty).

After it had been shrouded in mystery for months, Beatty revealed a first look of the film to Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Wednesday, sharing its title and release date, plus insider details and new photos from the comedy drama.

See the top takeaways below.

1. The title of the film is "Rules Don't Apply."

2. It comes out Nov. 11.

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10 things we learned about Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes movie
American actor Warren Beatty (Henry Warren Beaty) kissing American actress Natalie Wood (Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko) in a scene from the film Splendor in the Grass. USA, 1961 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio by Getty Images)
circa 1955: American actor Warren Beatty wears a white button-down shirt in his apartment. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Joan Collins and Warren Beatty who are engaged. (Photo by Michael Ward/Getty Images)
Circa 1961, American actors Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) look over their shoulders while seated together at a formal event. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
Warren Beatty during the festival in Cannes (Photo by Daniel Fallot/INA via Getty Images)
American actors Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) at the Cannes Film Festival, France, 14th May 1962. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
circa 1965: American actor Warren Beatty smiling with his arm around British-born actor Joan Collins. Beatty is wearing a tuxedo. Collins is wearing a silk jacket with a high collar. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actor Warren Beatty, wearing a cardigan and glasses, portrayed outside the Excelsior Hotel while standing next to a woman holding a newspaper, Lido, Venice 1965. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1965: Close-up of actor Warren Beatty in an unidentified movie, ca.1960s. (Photo by Camerique/Getty Images)
American actor Warren Beatty portrayed while sitting on a sail boat side on the Lido beach, in front of the Excelsior Hotel, Lido, Venice, 1956.(Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1965: Close-up of actor Warren Beatty in an unidentified movie, ca.1960s. (Photo by Camerique/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1965: Close-up of actor Warren Beatty in an unidentified movie, ca.1960s. (Photo by Camerique/Getty Images)
American actor Warren Beatty in a promotional portrait for 'Kaleidoscope', directed by Jack Smight, 1966. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actor Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow on the set of the crime drama 'Bonnie and Clyde', 1967. (Photo by Henry Gris/FPG/Getty Images)
American actor Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow in 'Bonnie And Clyde', directed by Arthur Penn, 1967. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Richard Burton, Guest, and Warren Beatty during 'A Flea in Her Ear' Paris Premiere in Paris, France, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1970: Scene showing Warren Beatty lying down next to Elizabeth Taylor, from the movie 'Only Game in Town', 1970. (Photo by Camerique/Getty Images)
Warren Beatty with Michael J. Pollard; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
Portrait series of actor Warren Beatty as he knots his necktie, late 1960s or early 1970s. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Warren Beatty during International Film Importers of America - February 27, 1970 at Americana Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn hold money in a scene from the film '$', 1971. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
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Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Warren Beatty during National Association of Theater Owners Awards at Americana Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Warren Beatty during Tri-Star Pictures Pre-Oscar Party at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Warren Beatty during 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
05/11/98 - The Four Seasons Hotel, NW DC Actor Warren Beatty, in town to promote his new film 'Bulworth', during interview with the Post. PHOTOG: Bill O'Leary/TWP. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Warren Beatty & Annette Bening during 11th Annual AIDS Project Los Angeles 'Commitment to Life' Gala at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Warren Beatty, recipient of the Millestone Award during The 15th Annual Producers Guild Awards - Show at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, Ca, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 17: Actors Annette Bening (left) and husband Warren Beatty pose at the 15th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 17, 2004 at the Century Plaza Hotel, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 27: Actors Warren Beatty and wife Annette Bening attend the Governors Ball after the 77th Annual Academy Awards at The Highlands on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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3. It took Beatty several years to decide to finally make the movie
It had been on his mind "for a long time," he told EW. "We never met, but I sometimes feel like I knew everybody who knew Howard and I never lost my curiosity about him," he added.

4. The Oscar winner prefers fatherhood to moviemaking
"I have four children and any one of them is more interesting than any 12 movies I've done," Beatty said, explaining that's why he hasn't worked on a film for 15 years.

5. The story doesn't revolve around Hughes
Contrary to prior reports that characterized the film as a Hughes biopic (much like Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" starring Leonardo DiCaprio), Beatty made it clear the film focuses on a romance between the two younger characters, played by Collins and Ehrenreich. They work for Hughes and find themselves challenged by his strict rule about employee fraternization.

6. It takes place in the late 1950s
"This is a story about a young man and a young woman who come to Hollywood, both of whom are affected by American Protestant, American Puritan morality on the brink of the sexual revolution and the rise of feminism that was to take place in the early '60s," Beatty explained.

7. It's a comedy, with some drama
Beatty was reluctant to call it an all-out "dramedy."

8. Collins didn't audition
The 27-year-old actress (and daughter of rock star Phil Collins) simply had "to read the script in his library at his house and return it right away," she said.

9. Ehrenreich and Collins rehearsed their lines for months at Beatty's house
"We didn't just rehearse the scenes, we played board games," Collins revealed. "It was like summer camp — a really intense summer camp."

10. There's a big supporting cast of well-knowns
Also appearing in the film: Beatty's wife Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, and Martin Sheen.

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