Babylon, a ritzy recognition for the brilliant period of Hollywood, is coming to theaters in December, and Vanity Fair has a first gander at various stills from the film, including takes a gander at the characters played by Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Diego Calva. The film likewise stars Watchmen’s Jean Smart, Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Tobey Maguire, and various other large names, all giving proper respect to the 1920s with a gathering of interconnected (and generally fictitious people) from in the background of the earliest long stretches of Hollywood filmmaking.
The film hails from chief Damien Chazelle, who began turning the idea once again in his mind around a long time back, yet who wasn’t sure he could pull off the gigantic display of the film until after he had accomplishment with motion pictures like La Land and First Man.
“It was actually a wild West period for these individuals, this exhibition of characters, as they rise and fall, rise, fall, rise once more, fall once more,” Chazelle told the magazine. “What they’re building is unveiling back to them and biting them up.”
You can see a portion of the pictures beneath, and there are more at the Vanity Fair article here.
Not much is known about the story’s plot, although a short trailer did debut at CinemaCon. Per Vanity Fair, the movie “features a cast of (mostly fictional) characters whose dreams of fame and success rest on navigating a perilous town.” It has the visual extravagance of something like La La Land, which in itself felt like it owed a debt to Baz Luhrmann, whose hyper-stylized and meticulously-designed films like Moulin Rouge and Elvis tend to focus less on story and more on tone and style.
It’s a risky movie — it has been six years since La La Land, and these highly stylized pieces, especially with potentially insular showbiz themes, can fall flat with the mainstream audience. But Paramount is still expecting big things from the film, making it one of their widest releases in a year that also had Top Gun: Maverick.