But in 2018, Chazelle shifted tack with his Neil Armstrong biopic First Man – revealing an elastic, unpredictable filmmaker – and his new film Babylon feels like a different beast entirely. It's an orgiastic epic, filled with opulent parties, vivid glamour and trippy hedonism, populated by a wealth of idiosyncratic characters. Running at over three hours, the film looks like a magnum opus as much as a fever dream. Here’s everything we know.
Margot Robbie as Nellie LaRoy. Photo: Paramount/EPK
the Babylon movie plot?
Set in 1920s Los Angeles – approaching that frightening threshold between silent films and the talkies – Babylon follows the fictionalised players in Hollywood's Golden Age, and all the raucous, outrageous fun they had. But that transition to a new world, without a definitive structure, plunges that culture into chaos.
As reported by IndieWire, Chazelle described at the Toronto International Film Festival how Federico Fellini, Robert Altman and Francis Ford Coppola inspired his new film. La Dolce Vita, Nashville and The Godfather movies ‘manage through a handful of characters to convey a sense of an entire society evolving and changing, so that by the end of the movie you’re in a completely different world.’ Babylon is a vast ensemble project, pulled in multiple directions by its world and characters.
Brad Pitt and Diego Calva as Jack Conrad and Manny Torres. Photo: Paramount/EPK
The characters consist of Nellie LaRoy, an ambitious, party-loving actress, loosely inspired by 20s ‘it girl’ Clara Bow; established silent film actor Jack Conrad, whose fame and fortune are uncertain in the wake of talkies; and Mexican immigrant actor Manny Torres who, according to Vanity Fair, ‘serves as the audience’s eyes in the world of Babylon’.
Who’s in the Babylon movie cast?
Increasing the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood vibes, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt reunite for the roles of Nellie LaRoy and Jack Conrad. Narcos: Mexico actor Diego Calva stars as Manny Torres.
It was mistakenly announced that Brad Pitt would campaign for a Best Actor nomination at next year’s Oscars, but according to Variety, he’s actually submitting for Best Supporting Actor. Robbie and Calva are going for Best Actress and Actor.
Jean Smart (right) as Elinor St. John. Photo: Paramount/EPK
What’s the Babylon movie release date?
The party starts on Friday 20 January 2023. Be ready for a big night.
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