Perhaps the most insane, A-list packed casting of this year goes to 'Don't Look Up', a new Netflix comedy from Adam McKay which is scheduled to start filming next week. You heard us!
It would seem that everyone we are obsessed with (plus a few add ons) has been cast to star in the film, with the recent announcement of Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Matthew Perry, Kid Cudi, Jonah Hill and Himesh Patel joining Cate Blanchett and Rob Morgan in the upcoming film. According to The Suffolk Journal, J-Law was recently spotted in Boston, gearing up to start shooting the production.
As for the plot, it's said to follow Lawrence and DiCaprio as the leads in the film, who star as astronomers who predict an earth-destroying meteor is on course to hit, ending civilisation. Unfortunately, during their media tour of the world to warn global leaders, they realise no one really GAF. A very predictable response in the Trump-ian era of dismissing science, as director McKay notes himself, “While we’re scouting this movie, this is all going on with the coronavirus and we’re seeing clips of Trump saying ‘ah it’s nothing’…meanwhile this thing is proliferating in this frightening way and we all had to run and jump on a plane and get out of town and come back to Los Angeles,” he said in an interview with the Rolling Stone.
When it comes to casting, any number of these celebrities paired together is likely to cause an internet meltdown on many levels, so all of them together feels like an extremely chaotic announcement. On the topic of the plot itself, the film follows two junior astronomers who go on a media tour in an attempt to warn the world of an approaching asteroid that will essentially be the end of mankind. This is the first film in three years that J-law is going to star in, while it's Grande's first non-musical acting role since "Scream Queens".
McKay will write, direct and co-produce the film alongside Kevin Messick, under McKay’s Production company, Hyperobject Industries.
Personally, we can't wait to see all cast members sharing screen time. From our favourite Capricorn and Call Me By Your Name star, Timothée Chalamet to the ever-iconic Meryl Streep, to every queer woman's favourite Cate Blanchett, and even sleazy Leo, there is undoubtedly someone to get everyone riled up about the upcoming production. While there is no talk of a release date thus far, the film will, as mentioned, be available to stream on Netflix. Until then, we'll be re-familiarising ourselves with the cast members who have starred alongside each other in previous productions like Chalamet and Streep in "Little Women", Blanchett and DiCaprio in "The Aviator", and DiCarpio and Hill in "The Wolf of Wall Street".
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