In the new trailer for Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, which came out on Monday, Margot Robbie plays a bombshell actress from the 1920s.
In the trailer, Robbie’s character says to Diego Calva, who plays the Latino character Manny Torres in Hollywood’s silent era, “We are going to be more than they ever bargained for.”
Pitt’s character is a smooth leading man who says that his main goal in life is “to stand in the way of progress” when asked what his main goal is in life.
The duo captures the clashing perspectives between Hollywood’s “high art” version and the drugged-up debauchery-turned-depression of Robbie and Pitt’s realities, where they “make it on my terms, not theirs,” as Robbie’s character claims.
Babylon, written by Chazelle, depicts the film industry’s transition from silent films to talkies while exploring the rise and fall of multiple characters and has been dubbed “The Great Gatsby on steroids.”
A frenzied big band soundtrack and cameos in the trailer for an alligator on a leash, topless ladies, Pitt fending off fans, and falling over a balcony in his underwear represent the early roots of Hollywood hard-partying, drug-taking mayhem.
“And, I’m going to bed,” Pitt’s character says with a bow after emerging seemingly unscathed from a swimming pool. The ensemble cast of the film includes Jovan Adepo, Jean Smart, Olivia Wilde, and Samara Weaving.
Among the cast members are Li Jun Li, Jean Smart, Tobey Maguire, Olivia Wilde, and Max Minghella.
Babylon will be released in theatres on December 23. Previously, Paramount planned to premiere in select theatres on December 25 before expanding nationwide on January 6.
Chazelle made his directorial debut with the low-key drama Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, and he rose to prominence with the dramatic Whiplash. He then directed the critically and commercially successful La La Land, and most recently, the undervalued and unorthodox Neil Armstrong drama First Man. In addition, Chazelle directed the first two episodes of Netflix’s The Eddy.
In what has been a remarkable year for the studio, Babylon is the studio’s main Oscar candidate. This year, in addition to releasing the largest film of 2022, Top Gun: Maverick, Paramount also released popular films such as Scream, Jackass Forever, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Lost City, and Smile.
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 round out the cast of Babylon.