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Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’ Gets New Release Date, Coming to Theatres This Year

Damien Chazelle‘s latest film, Babylon, got a new release date. The movie was previously scheduled to release in a limited number of theaters on Christmas Day, before being available on the rest of the country on January 6th. Now, it will release nationwide on December 23rd. This would be the director’s fifth movie.

The star-studded cast includes Diego Calva, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Tobey Maguire and Jovan Adepo. The film will deal with the transition of Hollywood movies from mute to including sound. Some have described the project as “The Great Gatsby” on steroids. The decision to move the release date was related with another of Paramount’s films, A Man Called Otto, which moved from Christmas to January of next year.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which took place from September 8th to 18th of this year, Chazelle stated the following: “Babylon is the biggest number of roles I have juggled by far. The casting process took a long, long time. It’s a mostly fictional film where almost all of the characters are inspired by composites of real-life people”.

Filming was originally set to take place on October of 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic. Instead, production took place over the summer of 2021, and the new Christmas release date might mean a box office challenge due to the upcoming James Cameron sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water.

Source: THR


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