Margot Robbie in talks to replace Emma Stone in Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’

In a recent announcement, it has been confirmed that Oscar-winner Emma Stone will not be reuniting with La La Land director Damien Chazelle in his upcoming Hollywood period drama Babylon. 

Emma Stone was all set to play the famous silent-film actress, Clara Bow, as Babylon‘s lead alongside Brad Pitt, but has now pulled out due to scheduling conflicts. However, expectations of the film remain high as Margot Robbie is in talks to take over the role, alongside one of her co-stars from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). Robbie is fresh off her success as Harley Quinn in the first solo film Birds of Prey (2020) and a second Oscar nomination for her role in Bombshell (2019). 

There is not much detail on Babylon as of yet, however, we do know that it will be set in 1920s Hollywood when silent films were evolving into talkies. It is said to be an original story written by Chazelle, which includes a mixture of real historical figures and fictional characters. 

Paramount acquired the film in late 2019 and planned for its release by Christmas 2021, however, this may change as a result of the ongoing pandemic. This release date is likely in place to be in time for awards season, and even without Emma Stone, Chazelle is definitely aiming high with his A-list cast. Having Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt back together in a film will no doubt have movie fans excited. 

If you still want some Emma Stone to look forward to, she is set to play Cruella De Vil in Cruella, an upcoming adaptation of the 1956 Dodie Smith novel One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and the 1961 animated Disney flick A Hundred and One Dalmatians. It is scheduled for release in 2021.

Words by Amy K Brown

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