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    Not sure if an official thread was created before? But here goes nothing!

    Anyways jokes apart, filming will begin in June apparently.

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    It’s Damien Chazelle, so I’ll be intrigued. And it’s classic Hollywood again, so the Oscars will be intrigued.

    Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie working together after not sharing the screen in OUATIH is sure to generate some buzz. But you know what will be even better? If the rumors of Tobey Maguire playing Irving Thalberg are true. The man deserves both a comeback and an Oscar nomination; this is his chance to get it.

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    The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Diego Calva joined the cast in a “critical role.” Based on the character description, he’s likely the male lead. He also did a chemistry read with Margot Robbie. The same article says Robbie’s character is no longer based on Clara Bow, but was reworked to be more fictional. I wonder if this might be because the role was written with Emma Stone in mind or maybe Chazelle decided to go in a different direction.

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    Forgot to add the same THR article described the film as “Great Gatsby on steroids.”

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    Really hope there’s a hail mary and Margot Robbie’s role is recast for Kirsten Dunst instead because I need to see Dunst in a musical and it would make for far more interesting casting (for me). Reeeeaaaaaaaally hoping for it, but it’ll never happen bc it looks set & also Dunst is pregnant soooo

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    Forgot to add the same THR article described the film as “Great Gatsby on steroids.”

    Ack!

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    According to a Variety interview promoting PYW, Robbie recently wrapped DOR’s untitled project, and she’s currently prepping for Babylon. Really hope we get more casting announcements/news about the film soon.

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    Other cast additions include Li Jun Li and Jovan Adepo.

    The THR article about Calva’s casting: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rising-mexican-actor-nabs-critical-role-opposite-margot-robbie-brad-pitt-in-damien-chazelles-babylon

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    Forgot to add the same THR article described the film as “Great Gatsby on steroids.”

    Sounds like something Amanda Seyfried would have wanted to do but she got Mank instead.

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    I’m glad that Chazelle is casting diverse new actors. The premise reminds me of Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood. Let’s hope the quality is not the same.

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    Until I learn more, the existence of this film annoys me. Another Chazelle Hollywood movie? Another Hollywood movie with Pitt and Robbie? Hell, another movie about Hollywood in general is dull enough news. I need to hear something really unique about this one as soon as possible.

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    Li Jun Li was interviewed by Deadline, and she briefly talked about her role in Babylon. She revealed that her character is based on Anna May Wong, the first Asian American actress in Hollywood: https://deadline.com/2021/04/li-jun-li-talks-babylon-devils-diversity-representation-inclusion-asian-american-1234730477/

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    EXTREMELY early nomination predictions lol, ranked by likelihood:

    1. Best Costume Design
    2. Best Production Design
    3. Best Makeup and Hairstyling
    4. Best Actress – Margot Robbie
    5. Best Picture
    6. Best Film Editing
    7. Best Cinematography
    8. Best Sound
    9. Best Director – Damien Chazelle
    10. Best Original Screenplay
    11. Best Supporting Actor – Brad Pitt
    12. Best Original Song (if there is one)
    13. Best Original Score

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    The Great Gatsby comparison doesn’t actually bother me. Though La La Land is often accused of glamourizing Hollywood life, I honestly felt like it knew that life there isn’t always that good, and was willing to criticize it when need be. And let’s not forget Whiplash, a much more critical, toxic look into the life of a performer.

    This is something that made Baz Luhrmann such a bad choice to do a Gatsby movie. Even when he tries to do difficult drama, his films always glamourize the borderline-hedonistic lifestyle that Gatsby intends to criticize, and it resulted in him creating a hackneyed tragedy out of what should be a pathetic fall from grace. So while he hasn’t done as much as Luhrmann, Chazelle at least seems to know how to make a Gatsby-esque film more thematically coherent.

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    Diego Calva was interviewed by Variety about his upcoming role in the film. He talked about the audition process (Chazelle recommended he study Al Pacino), and meeting Robbie for the chemistry read: https://variety.com/2021/film/spotlight/diego-calva-1234953737/

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