Academy Award winners Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) are teaming up for the first time to star in a comedy of world-ending proportions, Don’t Look Up. The movie, directed by Adam McKay based on his screenplay, is set to stream on Netflix on December 24, 2021.
Jennifer Lawrence plays astronomy grad student Kate Dibiasky while Leonardo DiCaprio plays her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy. The two discover a comet is on a collision course with Earth and they must raise the alarm before the apocalyptic event happens.
So how do they go about telling people the world is headed for destruction? By going on a media tour. They even end up on the daily morning The Daily Rip hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry) where discussing a comet hurtling towards the Earth might be as mundane as a weather report.
Kate and Dr. Randall eventually meet with US President Orlean (played by multiple Best Actress award winner Meryl Streep) and Jason (Jonah Hill), her Chief of Staff who is also her son. Mother and son seem unimpressed by the impending extinction level event as they’ve had too many “the world is ending” meetings covering everything from drought, famine, etc.
With just six months left before the comet hits, Kate and Dr. Randall have their work cut out for them to save the world.
Watch the trailer here:
In an interview last December 2020 with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Meryl Streep shared how it was “so eerie and odd and disconcerting” to be shooting a crowd scene for the film mid-pandemic. The crew followed safety protocols and extras practiced social distancing so the stadium where the scene was shot was rather empty and were just duplicated in post-production.
Jennifer Lawrence, who is pregnant with her first child with husband Cooke Maroney as reported by People Magazine today September 9 (PH time), also suffered a minor injury on the set last February when a glass explosion effect went wrong. The Hollywood Reporter reported that filming was suspended but resumed days later when the actress was able to return to the set.
Don’t Look Up stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis, Tomer Sisley with Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep.