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04 June 2021

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Cast In Damien Chazelle’s New Film, ‘Babylon’

Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea Babylon Film
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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has been cast in Damien Chazelle’s forthcoming film, Babylon.

Deadline reports that Flea’s casting in the film comes alongside the announcement of other new cast members Max Minghella, Samara Weaving and more. They join previously announced cast members Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Diego Calva, Jovan Adepo and more.

Babylon is set to be Chazelle’s first directorial film role in four years, following on from 2018’s First Man. Besides the film’s setting of 1920s Hollywood, details of the plot remain unknown to the public at the time of writing.

The film is set to receive a limited release on Christmas Day next year, with a wide release opening on January 6 2023.

Babylon will also be Flea’s first acting role since he was cast in 2019’s Queen & Slim. His filmography is extensive, having appeared in Back to the Future II and III, The Big Lebowski, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Baby Driver and Boy Erased.

In addition, he’s provided voice work for a string of animated films like Inside Out, Toy Story 4, Rugrats Go Wild and The Wild Thornberrys Movie.

In other Flea-related film news, the Chili Peppers’ bassist also recently appeared in the recent Dave Grohl documentary, What Drives Us.

Speaking about the film, which also features interviews with Ringo Starr, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, St. Vincent, Slash and Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses, U2’s The Edge, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and more, Grohl said: “This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music.

“What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of ‘why?’ What drives us?’”

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