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Don’t Look Up: DiCaprio, Streep, Chalamet join star-studded Netflix comedy

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Leonardo DiCaprio is just one of the many impressive names joining Netflix’s star-studded new comedy, Don’t Look Up.

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. It is written and directed by Adam McKay, who won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with co-writer Charles Randolph for The Big Short in 2016.

McKay’s project was snapped up by Netflix earlier this year, with Jennifer Lawrence already on board. Now, she’s got a seriously impressive ensemble to play with, including Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Himesh Patel, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Tomer Sisley and Matthew Perry.

DiCaprio, who will also be starring Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon for Apple TV+, was the final piece of the puzzle to sign on officially, with Deadline noting that most of the cast have been loosely attached for months. Indeed, production on the film was originally set to begin in April, but it has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Don’t Look Up: Netflix nabs Jennifer Lawrence comedy by Adam McKay

20th February 2021

Netflix has acquired Adam McKay’s new comedy Don’t Look Up, with Jennifer Lawrence set to star.

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.

McKay, who has written the script, will direct and produce under his Hyperobject Industries banner with Kevin Messick. McKay’s most recent feature, Vice, received eight Academy Award nominations. In 2016, McKay won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with co-writer Charles Randolph for The Big Short.

Lawrence won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. She has been nominated for three additional Oscars for Joy, American Hustle and Winter’s Bone.

McKay says: “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 says: “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 in April. Netflix will release the film later this year.

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