Babylon starring Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Diego Calva clocks in at over THREE HOURS in length


Babylon, the epic period comedy-drama from Oscar-winning writer-director Damien Chazelle, is living up to its epic description, by clocking in at three hours and eight minutes.

Set in the 1920s, during Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies, the film is ‘a tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, as it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during the early Hollywood era,’ according to Variety.

With a star-studded cast led by Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Diego Calva, Chazelle has called the production ‘definitely the hardest thing I’ve done’ in terms of ‘the logistics, number of characters’ and ‘the scale of the set pieces’, on top of the span of time chronicled in the story.

Epic production and length: Babylon, the epic period comedy-drama from Oscar-winning writer-director Damien Chazelle, starring Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Diego Calva, is clocking in at three hours and eight minutes long

Much anticipated: Set in the 1920s, during Hollywood's transition from silent films to talkies, the film is 'a tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, as it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during the early Hollywood era'; Pitt and Calva are pictured in a scene

Much anticipated: Set in the 1920s, during Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies, the film is ‘a tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, as it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during the early Hollywood era’; Pitt and Calva are pictured in a scene

While Chazelle, 37, called this particular filmmaking ‘particularly challenging’, he did go on add that ‘it was a challenge that was pretty exciting to take on.’

After having seen the start date pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  filming finally kicked off on July 1, 2021 and went on for nearly four months, wrapping on October 21.

Since then, it’s all been about the post-production phase, which is still ongoing after another year of work on the film.

Robbie, 32, plays an aspiring actress named Nellie LaRoy, while Pitt, 58, portrays Jack Conrad, a movie star at a different stage of his career.

Star-studded: The supporting cast also includes Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, Jean Smart, Tobey Maguire, Max Minghella, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Rory Scovel, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Jeff Garlin, Eric Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Samara Weaving and Olivia Wilde

Star-studded: The supporting cast also includes Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, Jean Smart, Tobey Maguire, Max Minghella, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Rory Scovel, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Jeff Garlin, Eric Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Samara Weaving and Olivia Wilde

But the story also follows Mexican-American immigrant Manny Torres, played by Calva, 30, as he pursues a career within the industry, starting as a film assistant.

The cast also includes the likes of Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, Jean Smart, Tobey Maguire, Max Minghella, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Rory Scovel, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Jeff Garlin, Eric Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Samara Weaving and Olivia Wilde.

Other actors scoring roles are Spike Jonze, P. J. Byrne, Rory Scovel, Damon Gupton, Phoebe Tonkin, Chloe Fineman, Karina Fontes, Troy Metcalf and Telvin Griffin.

Chazelle, who has the distinction of being the youngest person to win the Best Director Oscar for La La Land at the age of 32, said the story captures ‘humanity at its most glamorous and animalistic,’ while he attending the Toronto International Film Festival in early September.

Many fans may also know the French-American film director, screenwriter and producer for his other films that include Whiplash (2014) and First Man (2018).

Epic proportions: The film's writer and director, Damien Chazelle, has called Babylon 'definitely the hardest thing I've done' in terms of 'the logistics, number of characters' and 'the scale of the set pieces', on top of the span of time chronicled in the story

Epic proportions: The film’s writer and director, Damien Chazelle, has called Babylon ‘definitely the hardest thing I’ve done’ in terms of ‘the logistics, number of characters’ and ‘the scale of the set pieces’, on top of the span of time chronicled in the story

Having been engrossed in the production for the last couple of years, Chazelle also confessed, ‘I’ll be very happy to finally finish it.’

While it hasn’t screened yet for critics or audiences, Paramount Pictures has already made award submissions, that includes Robbie and Calva for Best Actress and Best Actor, while Pitt will be up for Best Supporting Actor.

The other actors also up for award considerations are Jovan Adepo, Tobey Maguire, Jean Smart and Li Jun Li.

Pitt and Hamilton are also serving as producers on the film along with Matt Plouffe. 

Babylon, which reportedly has a budget stretching between $78-$110 million, is scheduled to premiere in theaters in the U.S. on December 23. 

Coming at year's end: Babylon, which reportedly has a budget stretching from $78-$110 million, is scheduled to theaters in the U.S. on December 23

Coming at year’s end: Babylon, which reportedly has a budget stretching from $78-$110 million, is scheduled to theaters in the U.S. on December 23

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