Babylon: Damien Chazelle’s Picture, Starring Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt, Moves Up Nationwide Release to Christmas

Directed by Chazelle (the youngest winner of Best Director Oscar, for La La Land), the film’s high-profile cast includes Oscar nominee Margot Robbie and Oscar winner Brad Pitt.


Damien Chazelle’s upcoming Babylon will now open wide on December 23, Paramount announced.

The film was previously set to only open in select theaters on Dec. 25 before expanding nationwide on Jan. 6.

Counter-Programming to Avatar

Paramount’s decision came a day after Sony delayed A Man Called Otto from Christmas to January 2023. Babylon hopes to serve as counter-programming to Avatar: The Way of Water, which opens wide on December 16.

Other Christmas wide offerings include the animated family film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, which hits the big screen on Dec. 21 alongside Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

The cast also includes Jovan Adepo, Flea, Jean Smart, Olivia Wilde and Samara Weaving.

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.”

The Christmas box-office has historically supported multiple titles even when a mega-tentpole is on the marquee, such as Avatar 2.

Babylon hopes to enjoy a box office bump from critics awards and Oscar nominations.

It remains to be seen whether Pitt curtails publicity, for the film itself or the awards campaign, because of allegations about domestic incident that took place on a plane in 2016 when he was traveling with then-spouse Angelina Jolie and children.