Damien Chazelle is the youngest person in history to earn the Academy Award for Best Director. Due to that fact, his next project, titled Babylon, is by far one of the most anticipated upcoming movies in recent memory. Following the news that Margot Robbie was replacing Emma Stone in the film’s cast, Chazelle continues to fill out the ranks for the ensemble. As first reported by THR, the director has added Olivia Wilde, Spike Jonze, Phoebe Tonkin, and Tobey Maguire to the film’s call sheet.
The latest additions join the previously announced cast which includes the aforementioned Robbie cinematic legend Brad Pitt, and newcomer Diego Calva. Additionally, Overlord star Jovan Adepo and Li Jun Li (Quantico) will appear in the film as well. The studio behind the film, Paramount Pictures, is hoping no further developments or delays will offset the movie’s production or Christmas season 2022 release date.
Babylon will be an R-rated period piece taking place during a dramatic shifting moment in Hollywood history. The film will track the turning point in which major motion pictures transitioned from silent films into “talkies”. Maguire will produce the feature alongside Marc Platt (La La Land), Olivia Hamilton (First Man), and Matt Plouffe (The 5th Wave). Damien Chazelle will direct the film after writing the screenplay himself.
Olivia Wilde currently splits her time in front of and behind the camera. In 2019, she directed her first film, Booksmart, for which she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Up next, Wilde will direct Sony’s upcoming untitled female-centered Marvel film. Moreover, the role is the first time Tobey Maguire appears on the big screen in a major way since 2014. However, the actor is highly rumored to reprise his role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.
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Babylon will hit theaters Christmas Day 2022
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