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Australian icons Margot Robbie and Phoebe Tonkin will share the screen in the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Babylon’

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Australian actress Margot Robbie and ethereal heartthrob Brad Pitt are officially reuniting for the upcoming Hollywood period drama Babylon; from La La Land director Damien Chazelle. Since the pair co-stared in the 2019 film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, we have been itching for more Robbie and Pitt screen-time, and now, it looks like all our wishes are about to come true. The cherry on top? Another Australian star, the beloved Phoebe Tonkin, has also been confirmed as part of the cast.

From what we know so far, Robbie will reportedly star in the lead female role in the upcoming film, after original pick, Emma Stone, left the project for scheduling reasons. The film will see Robbie and Pitt revisit a heavily romanticised era in Hollywood history – a role the pair are familiar with after starring in Quentin Tarantino's love letter to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age.

Babylon will be set in the 1920's; the R-rated drama to explore "the shifting moment in Hollywood when the industry turned from silent film to talkies," as reported by Deadline. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the role that Robbie is currently chasing is that of Clara Bow, one of the first stars of the silent film era. Pitt is said to be playing a fictional character based on the legendary '20s actor, screenwriter-director, John Gilbert.

In addition to Tonkin, The Hollywood Reporter also confirmed that industry big-shots Olivia Wilde, Spike Jonze and Tobey Maguire would also be joining the already A-list cast. It's clear that this film already has the potential to be an Oscar's standout.

The film is yet another addition to Robbie's roster. She recently starred in and executive produced a western-inspired tale titled Dreamland, in addition to her highly-anticipated role in the upcoming reinvigoration of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Babylon, which landed at Paramount Pictures prior to the Covid-19 shutdown, is said to be accompanied by an impressive $80-$100 million USD budget to bring Chazelle's 180 page script to life. Reportedly, Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and the rest of the Babylon cast are set to go before the cameras next week in LA – marking the start of production. Which, unfortunately, means it'll still be some time before we see the film on our screens.

Rumour has it that the film is slated to drop “limitedly” on December 25, 2022 before actioning a more widespread release on January 6, 2023.

Stay tuned for more details on the sure-to-be blockbuster film.

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