“Babylon” Official Trailer Finds Brad Pitt & Margot Robbie Living the High Life
“I think what we have here in Hollywood is high art,” says Jack Conrad (Brad Pitt) in the official trailer for writer/director Damien Chazelle’s Babylon. Yet before Jack can finish his sentence, Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie) screams, “Party time, sparkle c*cks!” from atop the shoulders of some half-naked men, despoiling Jack’s make-believe vision of a proper, high-falutin’ version of Hollywood. The Hollywood on display in Babylon is anything but prim and proper.
Such is the vibe in Chazelle’s latest, which explores the seedy, surreal, supercharged moment in 1920s Los Angeles when a nascent film industry made the epochal shift from the silent film era to the talkies. Jack, Nellie, and Manny Tores (Diego Calva) will be our eyes and ears on the ground at this seminal moment in the dream (and nightmare) factory that is Hollywood, with Chazelle marshaling his largest ensemble yet in what he’s called his most ambitious film to date. That’s saying a lot for the guy who wrote and directed Whiplash, First Man, and La La Land.
Diego Calva’s Manny Tores has come to Tinsel Town with big dreams, as has Robbie’s Nellie LaRoy, an aspiring actress ready to take no prisoners in her pursuit of stardom. It’s only Pitt’s Jack Conrad who seems to have already made it, yet, as the trailer clearly shows, he’s no more stable than anyone else in town. See a near-fatal fall into a pool for evidence.
The cast is incredible—joining Robbie, Tores, and Pitt are the likes of Tobey Maguire, Jean Smart, Katherine Waterston, Eric Roberts, Max Minghella, Flea, Lukas Haas, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, and Samara Weaving.
About this being Chazelle’s most ambitious film to date, here’s what he told Vanity Fair: “The basic idea was just to do a big, epic, multicharacter movie, set in these early days of Los Angeles and Hollywood when both of these things were coming into what we now think of them as.”
Check out the trailer below. Babylon hits theaters on December 23:
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Featured image: Margot Robbie plays Nellie LaRoy in Babylon from Paramount Pictures.