Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’ Trailer Showcases Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in Scandalous Story of Golden Age Hollywood

Damien Chazelle is returning to the twilight of Hollywood’s silent era in his new film “Babylon.”

Starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, “Babylon” is set in the late 1920s and captures the film industry’s shift from silent films to “talkies” due to the contemporary invention of sound. Pitt plays a silent film star during that time, and Robbie is a Roaring ’20s icon. As Hollywood changes around them, they are forced to contend with an evolving industry.

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“When I first went to Hollywood, the stars on all the doors said, ‘No actors and no dogs allowed,'” Pitt’s character says in the trailer. “I changed it.”

Big, loud, noisy footage complete with lavish parties, cocaine, topless women and dancing. At one point, Robbie’s character commands attention at a pool party by yelling, “Listen up all you big dick men… who wants to see me wrestle a snake?”

Pitt’s character, alcoholic drink in hand, pauses before exclaiming, “Fuck, yeah!”

The ensemble cast includes Diego Calva, Tobey Maguire, Max Minghella, Spike Jonze, Gene Smart, Flea, Jeff Garlin, PJ Byrne, Samara Weaving and Olivia Wilde. Originally, Emma Stone was set to star in the film, but she dropped out in late 2020 due to scheduling conflicts. Robbie then replaced the “La La Land” star.

“Babylon” is highly anticipated as Chazelle’s first project since 2018’s “First Man.” The biopic, which starred Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, received positive reviews but did not resonate with audiences as well as Chazelle’s 2016 Oscar-winning musical “La La Land.” While “La La Land” famously didn’t take home best picture at the Academy Awards, the then-32-year-old Chazelle became the youngest filmmaker to win the Oscar for best director.

With “Babylon,” it looks like Chazelle is going to take another shot at Oscar success. The film is slated to release on December 25, smack dab in the middle of awards season.

Watch the full trailer below.

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