Babylon Cast & Character Guide – Screen Rant

Damien Chazelle has assembled a large, well-known cast for Babylon, his ode to the silent film era. We break down the cast and who they portray.
Damien Chazelle has assembled a star-studded cast for Babylon, his ode to the silent film era of Hollywood. The film’s cast is as glitzy as the film itself, with certain well-known actors appearing in a cameo-only role. Babylon, which follows the ups and downs of film industry employees — film producers, actors, and journalists alike — has received mixed reviews from critics, but the excellence of the cast is perhaps one thing they all agree on.
Chazelle’s films have always starred big-name actors the likes of Ryan Gosling, who was in La La Land and First Man, Emma Stone, and J.K. Simmons, among others. Babylon is no different, though its cast is larger and filled to the brim with famous faces and relative newcomers alike. Babylon goes back to the late 1920s to tell its two-decade long story, with a cast that is led by Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, who step into the shoes of intriguing characters.
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Jack Conrad is a famous silent movie star who is comfortable in his fame and enjoys throwing extravagant parties. However, he struggles later on in his career when he becomes a washed-up actor who is only hired to star in bad studio films. Jack Conrad is portrayed by Brad Pitt, who is best known for his roles in Fight Club, Ad Astra, Moneyball, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the action film Bullet Train, Quentin Tarantino’s movies Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Inglourious Basterds, World War Z, Ocean’s Eleven, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Nellie LaRoy is an aspiring actress who already believes she’s a star long before she becomes one. For a while, she becomes popular starring in silent films, but has a difficult time in the transition from silent film to sound. Nellie LaRoy is portrayed by Margot Robbie and is best known for her roles in the DC films Birds of Prey, Suicide Squad, and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, all of which she played Harley Quinn, I, Tonya, The Wolf of Wall Street, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Bombshell, Focus, in which she starred alongside Will Smith, Amsterdam, and will play the titular character in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie movie.
Manny Torres is a film assistant to a mega film producer before going to work as an assistant to Jack Conrad. Manny aspires to be a film producer himself, hoping to make his own mark on Hollywood in some way before the next generation moves in. Manny ultimately becomes a film producer and never stops loving Nellie LaRoy. Manny Torres is portrayed by Diego Calva, who is best known for his roles in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico, the TV series Unstoppable, and The Inmate.
Elinor St. John is a gossip columnist who writes about the ups and downs of film actors. Elinor St. John is portrayed by Jean Smart, who is best known for her roles in the HBO series Watchmen, the popular TV series 24, Garden State, the comic book series Legion, the HBO drama Mare of Easttown, and Hacks. Smart also voiced the character of Dr. Ann Possible in Disney's hit animated series Kim Possible.
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Sidney Palmer is a jazz trumpet player who wants more out of his life than to continue playing in a party band. Sidney dreams of the big leagues, but becomes jaded by the film industry after a while. Sidney Palmer is portrayed by Jovan Adepo, who is best known for his roles in the TV series The Leftovers, Denzel Washington’s film Fences, the series Sorry for Your Loss, The Stand, and the HBO series Watchmen.
Lady Fay Zhu is a singer who writes the intertitles for silent films, and a friend of Jack Conrad. Her character is influenced by real-life actress Anna May Wong. Li Jun Li is best known for The Exorcist TV series, Wu Assassins, the hit supernatural series Evil, and Quantico.
Tobey Maguire as James McKay – James McKay is a mob boss who threatens to cause harm unless his money is paid. Tobey Maguire is best known for his roles in The Great Gatsby, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, and Brothers.
Lukas Haas as George Munn – George Munn is Jack’s friend who is unlucky in love, and a film producer. Lukas Haas is best known for the Christopher Nolan film Inception, The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and Widows.
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Katherine Waterston as Estelle Conrad – Estelle Conrad is a theater actress and Jack Conrad’s third wife. Katherine Waterston is best known for her role as Tina Goldstein in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. She has also appeared in Alien: Covenant, Inherent Vice, and Sleeping with Other People.
Max Minghella as Irving Thalberg – Irving Thalberg is a studio executive. Max Minghella is best known for the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, The Social Network, The Ides of March, and Spiral.
Olivia Hamilton as Ruth Adler – Ruth Adler is a film director who often works with Nellie LaRoy. Olivia Hamilton is known for her role in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot.
Samara Weaving as Constance Moore – Constance Moore is also a film actress who eventually becomes a rival to Nellie. Samara Weaving is best known for the horror film Ready or Not, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the Netflix series Hollywood.
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Olivia Wilde as Ina Conrad – Ina Conrad is Jack’s first wife, who ends their relationship in the opening scene. Olivia Wilde is best known for Don’t Worry Darling, Richard Jewell, and for directing the highly praised Booksmart.
Jeff Garlin as Don Wallach – Don Wallach is a big-shot studio executive who employed Manny Torres. Jeff Garlin is best known for the TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm, the long-running sitcom The Goldbergs, and the Pixar animation Toy Story 3.
Rory Scovel as The Count – The Count is a crew member who works with Manny Torres. Rory Scovel is best known for his roles in Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty, the TV series Those Who Can't, and Physical.
Spike Jonze as Otto – Otto is a German director who works with Jack Conrad on a movie. Spike Jonze is a notable director whose filmography includes Her starring Joaquin Phoenix, Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich, along with a plethora of music videos.
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P. J. Byrne as Max – Max is the assistant director on Ruth’s films. P.J. Byrne is known for The Wolf of Wall Street, the HBO series Big Little Lies, and the Arrowverse series Black Lightning.
Eric Roberts as Robert Roy – Robert Roy is Nellie LaRoy’s father and manager in Babylon, and who attempts to profit from his daughter’s fame. Eric Roberts is best known for Inherent Vice, the action flick The Expendables, and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, in which he played mob boss Sal Maroni.
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Mae Abdulbaki is a movie reviews editor with Screen Rant. She previously wrote about a variety of movies and TV shows for Inverse, CinemaBlend, Pajiba, and The Young Folks, where she wrote reviews, features, news pieces. Her other work can be found at The Mary Sue, Film School Rejects, UPROXX, Heroic Hollywood, Looper, The List, and Bam Smack Pow, among others. Mae has also appeared on television segments, podcasts, and panels to discuss all things entertainment.

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