Last year, filmmaker Adam McKay landed arguably the most illustrious casting coup in modern Hollywood history, with his upcoming Netflix movie. Don’t look up with a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, and Chris Evans, among other A-listers. In an interview with The New York Times, McKay explained the basic premise of his film, about a giant asteroid on a deadly collision course with Earth.
“It’s not the weirdest high-concept idea – the idea of a disaster movie where people don’t necessarily believe disaster is coming. It goes back to the Mayor of Jaws trope: ‘I’d love to show that, I wouldn’t ” Do you want to publish your name in National Geographic? So it’s two very sincere mid-level astronomers who make the discovery of his life, which is a killer asteroid heading towards Earth. They have to warn everyone. And they have to take a media tour. It’s them browsing our world. It’s them browsing their Twitter equivalent. It’s them browsing the political landscape. It’s them browsing talk shows and how they are perceived. “
DiCaprio and Lawrence will play a pair of scientists who try to warn people about the catastrophe that is about to hit the planet and are ignored. While such a situation could once have been played for a laugh, last year’s struggles to contain the pandemic amid misinformation and scaremongering have made the basic premise of Don’t look up depressingly realistic. According to Adam McKay, the current state of the world forced him to adapt his script to address humanity’s difficulty finding things to collectively agree on and the role technology plays in the situation.
“It’s DiCaprio, Lawrence and Rob Morgan trying to warn the world. I call it a black comedy … That’s how it started. But then the pandemic came along. What it did was bring out what the movie is really about, that It’s how we communicate with each other. We can’t even talk to each other anymore. We can’t even agree. So it’s about climate change, but at its root it’s about what the internet has, what cell phones have, what it has the modern world made to the way we communicate. “
Written and directed by Adam McKay, the Netflix Original features an illustrious cast consisting of Jennifer Lawrence as astronomer Kate Dibiasky, Cate Blanchett as Brie Evantee, Rob Morgan as Dr. Clayton “Teddy” Oglethorpe, Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr. Randall Mindy, Meryl Streep as President Janie Orlean, Jonah Hill as Jason Orlean, President Orlean’s son and chief of staff, Timothée Chalamet as Quentin, Ariana Grande as Riley Bina, Himesh Patel as Phillip, Scott Mescudi as DJ Chello, Matthew Perry as Dan Pawketty, a seasoned conservative, Tomer Sisley as Adul Grelio, Tyler Perry as Jack Bremmer, Melanie Lynskey as June, Ron Perlman as Colonel Ben Drask, Chris Evans as Peter Isherwell, Gina Gershon, Mark Rylance and Michael Chiklis. This news first appeared in NYTimes.com.
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