Jean Smart, who is getting a lot of excitement for her role in HBO’s Max comedy Hacks, is the next brilliant light to join the all-star ensemble of Babylon, Damien Chazelle’s tribute to Hollywood’s golden age that he wrote and directed for Paramount Pictures.
Max Minghella, Lukas Haas, Flea, Rory Scovel, Samara Weaving, Eric Roberts, P.J. Byrne, and Damon Gupton are among the film’s extensive cast, which also includes Olivia Wilde, Spike Jonze, Phoebe Tonkin, and Tobey Maguire, the latter of whom is also one of the film’s executive producers.
Babylon, written by Chazelle and set in the late 1920s amid the transition of the cinema business from silent to talkies, chronicles the rise and fall of various individuals and has been compared to “The Great Gatsby on steroids.”
Smart is said to be portraying a Hollywood journalist/critic who can make or break careers, according to sources.
For her role in Hacks as a Las Vegas diva trying to freshen up her act by working with a 25-year-old played by Hannah Einbinder, Smart is experiencing a so-called career resurgence and rediscovery (not that she ever truly went away) amongst certain audiences. Hacks premiered in May to acclaim and were picked up for a second season by June. She also appeared in the HBO limited series Mare of Easttown, which featured Kate Winslet. When the Emmy nominees are announced on Tuesday, Smart is expected to receive some attention.
Because to the CBS show Designing Women, Smart became a network star in the 1980s. She was nominated for Emmys for her roles in 24, Samantha Who?, and Fargo as the nefarious first lady. She was most recently seen in HBO’s Watchmen as Silk Spectre, a former superheroine.
WME and Untitled represent the actress, whose film credits include Sweet Home Alabama and A Simple Favor.
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