In what might be the biggest cast line-up in recent times, Netflix and Adam McKay have managed to recruit the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lawrence and more for the Don’t Look Up project.
The film, which will see McKay taking on directing and duties, will see the filmmaker also co-produce alongside Kevin Messick while working under the Hyperobject Industries Banner. While the cast is seemingly bursting with Hollywood A-listers, it will also include the likes of Cate Blanchett, Himesh Patel, Kid Cudi, Matthew Perry, Tomer Sisley and more.
According to a statement issued by Netflix, the film tells the story of two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching asteroid that will destroy planet earth. Lawrence, who recently wrapped production on acclaimed theatre director Lila Neugebauer’s Untitled film for A24 and Scott Rudin Productions, is being billed as the lead in the upcoming Don’t Look Up picture.
Speaking about the film, McKay said: “I’m so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence. She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite act’. And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way.”
Scott Stuber, head of Netflix films added: “Adam has always had great timing when it comes to making smart, relevant and irreverent films that depict our culture. Even if he somehow ends up predicting planet Earth’s imminent demise, we’re excited to add this to our slate before it all comes to an end.”
Principal photography will commence on Don’t Look Up in April. Netflix will release the film later this year.