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Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep Join Jennifer Lawrence in Adam McKay’s ‘Don’t Look Up’

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.

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Jennifer Lawrence & Cate Blanchett Are Starring In A New Doomsday Movie That Will Freak You Out

Jennifer Lawrence has been cast to star in a timely new film about the pending apocalypse, and she may have found her partner-in-crime in fellow actress Cate Blanchett.
Developing film Don’t Look Up would position the Oscar winners as a pair of astronomers whose work leads to the terrifying discovery that a large meteoroid is headed straight for Earth. Hoping to educate people about their imminent doom, the scientists embark on a media tour that takes them around the world.
The premise of the science fiction comedy pretty much guarantees an assortment of hijinks, but the timing of the project is freaky. We’re already dealing with rapid climate change, a global pandemic that doesn’t look like it’s ending any time soon, and rampant civic unrest as it is — Earth reaching its end by way of a stray piece of space rock would be the chaotic cherry on top of the current hellscape.

Jennifer Lawrence has been cast to star in a timely new film about the pending apocalypse, and she may have found her partner-in-crime in fellow actress Cate Blanchett.
Developing film Don’t Look Up would position the Oscar winners as a pair of astronomers whose work leads to the terrifying discovery that a large meteoroid is headed straight for Earth. Hoping to educate people about their imminent doom, the scientists embark on a media tour that takes them around the world.
The premise of the science fiction comedy pretty much guarantees an assortment of hijinks, but the timing of the project is freaky. We’re already dealing with rapid climate change, a global pandemic that doesn’t look like it’s ending any time soon, and rampant civic unrest as it is — Earth reaching its end by way of a stray piece of space rock would be the chaotic cherry on top of the current hellscape.
Don’t Look Up is being produced as a Netflix original, and production for the project was set to begin last month. Obviously, the industry-wide shutdown has altered those plans, and the fate of the film is now in question as its team explores its options in the meantime.
Adam McKay (Vice, The Big Short) wrote the screenplay for the Lawrence film, and he also signed on to produce and direct the production.
“Adam has always had great timing when it comes to making smart, relevant and irreverent films that depict our culture,” Scott Stuber, head of Netflix original films, praised the director in a press release announcing the project back in February. “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.”
Don’t Look Up is still in its early stages of development, but fingers crossed that life won’t imitate art with this project.

Source: Refinery29