A brand-new trailer for Damien Chazelle's eagerly anticipated movie Babylon has just been out, and it already looks really intriguing as it transports us to the most scandalous era of old Hollywood. The teaser features Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Diego Calva in the key roles and showcases a chaotic adventure filled with high Hollywood aspirations and other things.
Babylon is set amid a contentious period in Hollywood history as the film shows the movie industry in the 1920s. The film takes us through old Hollywood through the eyes of an assistant named Manny, played by Diego Calva. Brad Pitt seasoned movie star character Jack Conrad is a more cynical character who has chosen to continue with success after experiencing the best and worst of the industry. Robbie, on the other hand, portrays Nellie, a promising young actress who is aware of what must be done in order to succeed. The group stands for three diverse (but intrinsically linked) perspectives on the entertainment industry.
Pitt's character appears in some humorous scenes in the trailer. Pitt will play another Hollywood era with this movie, following Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Pitt, who plays Jack Conrad, is featured in one of the dialogue-heavy lines in the teaser "You know, when I first moved to L.A., you know what the signs on all the doors read? No actors or dogs allowed. I changed all that."
We also see majestic film productions, disgruntled crews, and a diverse slate of (both real and fictional) characters. The busy visuals and visible excesses might remind viewers of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, but there’s an unmistakable Chazelle-like quality to the mauve-tinted widescreen epicness of the film’s aesthetic, no doubt aided by his regular cinematographer Linus Sandgren.
In what has been a remarkable year for the studio, Babylon is their top Oscar candidate. Along with distributing Top Gun: Maverick, the largest movie of 2022, Paramount also distributed successful movies like Scream, Jackass Forever, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Lost City, and Smile this year.
Babylon also stars Jean Smart, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, P.J. Byrne, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Max Minghella, Rory Scovel, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Jeff Garlin, Eric Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Samara Weaving, and Olivia Wilde. Given the film's cast and its larger-than-life storyline, Babylon has already been identified as an award contender. The movie is scheduled to hit theatres on December 23.