Every A-list movie star makes their way to Netflix eventually, and the project to bring Leonardo DiCaprio to the world of streaming boasts an incredible level of talent and star power on either side of the camera, with Academy Award-winning Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Big Short and Vice director Adam McKay scripting and helming Don’t Look Up.
The premise follows a pair of astronomers who set out on a media tour to warn mankind of an impending asteroid set to lay waste to the entire planet, where they’ll no doubt face plenty of obstacles along the way. Based on that logline alone, Don’t Look Up sounds like the ideal movie for McKay to deftly balances his broad comic stylings with the biting satire found in his awards baiting work, and he’s definitely got the cast to make it happen.
As well as boasting DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in the lead roles, Don’t Look Up also possesses fellow Oscar winners Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, and Mark Rylance, along with Jonah Hill, Chris Evans Timothee Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Tyler Perry, Ron Perlman, Matthew Perry, Michael Chiklis and more. The first trailer teaser has now leaked in all of its bootlegged glory, which you can check out now.
That probably means we’ll be getting an official version sooner rather than later, which will almost certainly come packaged with an official release date. Looking at nothing but the level of talent involved, don’t bet against Don’t Look Up is one of Netflix’s dark horses in next year’s awards season race, especially when it’s been a long time since we’ve seen DiCaprio do anything even close to approaching this sort of broad comedy.
The Don’t Look Up teaser doesn’t offer too many plot details, but it does load up on the talent attached to the film. Rob Morgan! Tyler Perry! Mark Rylance! Ron Perlman! Timothée Chalamet! And Ariana Grande? Matthew Perry is apparently also along for the ride, playing a conservative TV pundit who may or may not hang with Kid Rock. The overall tone of this teaser can be described as emitting shouty existential dread, so it’ll be interesting to see what McKay has concocted, considering all of the stars aligning, and how he told The New York Times that Don’t Look Up will offer commentary on how we communicate in a post-Pandemic world, or rather how we don’t.