Adam McKay‘s latest feature has assembled quite the cast, with Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Meryl Streep (The Post), Timothée Chalamet, (Little Women), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Himesh Patel (Yesterday) and Ariana Grande joining the already announced Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!), Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok) and Rob Morgan (Mudbound).
The film, which is being produced for release by Netflix, follows two low-level scientists who discover an asteroid on course to hit Earth. The pair embark on a media tour to warn people of the impending doom. McKay’s previous work includes the Anchorman films, Step Brothers, The Big Short and Vice, the latter two of which proved to be quite successful during their respective awards seasons, including a win for Best Adapted Screenplay and nominations for Best Picture. As was the case with those latter films, Don’t Look Up is expected to blend comedic and dramatic elements.
The ensemble is of a high caliber if awards are anything to go by. DiCaprio, Streep, Lawrence and Blanchett have all won Academy Awards for acting, whilst Chalamet and Hill have been nominated. According to Deadline, most of the actors had been attached since spring and it was DiCaprio who was holding up any announcements. This was reportedly due to him working out if he could appear in both this and Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon.
Don’t Look Up is scheduled to start filming before the end of 2020, with its release date currently unknown.