Jonah Hill, Himesh Patel and Timothée Chalamet are also on the call sheet for the Netflix comedy.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Himesh Patel and Timothée Chalamet will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence in Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay’s comedy at Netflix that is shaping up to be a major talent tsunami.
Cate Blanchett and Rob Morgan are already on board with Lawrence and, just as he did with The Big Short, McKay is using the stylistic format of cameos to populate his feature with bold-faced names. Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Matthew Perry and Tomer Sisley are among those lined up to make appearances.
McKay is directing and wrote the script that centers on two low-level scientists who, upon discovering that a meteor will strike the Earth in six months, go on a media tour to try to warn the world but find an unreceptive and unbelieving populace.
Lawrence and DiCaprio will play the two scientists.
The movie is heading toward a Nov. 19 start of shooting in Boston. McKay is also producing via his label, Hyperobject, along with partner Kevin Messick.
Securing DiCaprio is a major coup as the actor is juggling another commitment, Martin Scorsese’s period crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon. Look Up also puts him back in frame with Hill, with whom he acted in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
Streep, who appeared in last year’s Oscar-winning Little Women, next stars in The Prom, Ryan Murphy’s musical comedy that also features Nicole Kidman and Keegan Michael-Key in the cast. The movie debuts on Netflix on Dec. 11.
Patel broke through to international audiences with Danny Boyle’s Beatles-centric Yesterday. He is also currently on screen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.