Olivia Wilde, Tobey Maguire & Spike Jonze Join Brad Pitt In Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’

Damien Chazelle‘s highly anticipated next film, Babylon, has added another trio of stars to its already impressive cast.

Olivia Wilde, Tobey Maguire and Spike Jonze have now hopped on board the film, which already boasts Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in leading roles, as well as Katherine Waterston, Lukas Haas, Samara Weaving, and Flea.

The project, in the works at Paramount, is being described by insiders as The Great Gatsby on steroids”. The ensemble-driven film takes place in the late 1920s during Hollywood’s transition from silent films to talkies and will feature a mix of real life and fictional characters.

Considering the success Chazelle has already had with another post-modern take on classic Hollywood in the form of La La Land, big things should be expected here. Production is due to begin next week in Los Angeles, and the film is currently slated for a 2022 Christmas Day release.

Wilde recently wrapped production on her Booksmart follow-up, a psychological thriller titled Don’t Worry, Darling that stars Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Harry Styles.

Next she’ll be directing gymnastics drama Perfect with Thomasin McKenzie portraying Kerri Strug, and she’s also attached to direct a Spider-Woman movie for Sony.

This will be Maguire’s first on-screen role since 2014’s Pawn Sacrifice, when he portrayed chess champion Bobby Fischer. He did voice the narrator in The Boss Baby in 2017, but has focused on producing in the last few years.

Jonze is best known as the director of acclaimed films such as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Her. His latest project was directing the documentary The Beastie Boys Story for Apple. He pops up from time to time in on screen roles, though his only credited on screen role over the last decade is in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.


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