Babylon (2022 film)
Babylon is an upcoming American epic period comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, Jean Smart and Tobey Maguire.
Babylon is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 23, 2022, by Paramount Pictures.
A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.
Brad Pitt as Jack Conrad * Margot Robbie as Nellie LaRoy * Diego Calva as Manny Torres, a Mexican-American film assistant * Jovan Adepo as Sidney Palmer, a jazz trumpet player. * Li Jun Li as Lady Fay Zhu * Jean Smart as Elinor St. +more John * Tobey Maguire as James McKay * Lukas Haas as George Munn * Max Minghella as Irving Thalberg * Samara Weaving * Olivia Wilde * Spike Jonze * Katherine Waterston as Ruth Arzner * Flea as Bob Levine * Jeff Garlin as Don Wallach * P. J. Byrne * Rory Scovel as The Count * Eric Roberts * Ethan Suplee * Damon Gupton * Phoebe Tonkin * Chloe Fineman * Karina Fontes as Jen * Troy Metcalf * Olivia Hamilton as Ruth Adler * Telvin Griffin as Reginald.
It was announced in July 2019 that Damien Chazelle had set his next project, a period drama set in the golden age of Hollywood. Lionsgate was the frontrunner to acquire the project, with Emma Stone and Brad Pitt in the mix to star. +more In November, Paramount Pictures acquired worldwide rights to the project, with Stone and Pitt still circling roles. Pitt confirmed his involvement in January 2020, describing the film as being set when the silent film era transitioned into sound. He will play a character modeled on actor and director John Gilbert. In December 2020, Stone exited the film due to scheduling conflicts, with Margot Robbie now in early negotiations to replace her, and Li Jun Li was also cast. Robbie would be confirmed in March 2021, with Jovan Adepo and Diego Calva also joining. In June, Katherine Waterston, Max Minghella, Flea, Samara Weaving, Rory Scovel, Lukas Haas, Eric Roberts, P. J. Byrne, Damon Gupton, Olivia Wilde, Spike Jonze, Phoebe Tonkin and Tobey Maguire (who is also an executive producer for the film), joined the cast. In July 2021, Jean Smart joined the cast. In August 2021, Chloe Fineman, Jeff Garlin, Telvin Griffin and Troy Metcalf joined the cast of the film.
Filming was set to take place in California in mid-2020 after securing a state tax credit. However, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and instead began filming on July 1, 2021. +more Filming wrapped on October 21, 2021.
Babylon is scheduled to be released on December 23, 2022. It was originally scheduled to have a limited release on December 25, 2022, followed by a wide release on January 6, 2023. +more It was also initially scheduled for a December 25, 2021 limited release and a January 7, 2022 wide release, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.