In the biggest twist since the finales of The Last Broadcast and The Usual Suspects, it was just announced that Oscar winning thespian Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to his very first acting role in a Netflix feature film. And what’s more, he’s bringing some friends along with him.
Our ever-scooping cousins across the street at Variety just made with the skinny on the new Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice) directed and written project which is set to begin filming next month in Boston, Massachusetts. Titled Don’t Look Up, the film is a comedy about two struggling astronomers who set out on a media blitz to warn the world of an incoming asteroid that could very well do what umpteen Michael Bay movie’s couldn’t: destroy the world. The two astronomers are expected to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence respectively, although as of press time Vents and our pop culture rivals are officially awaiting confirmation on final casting from Netflix.
DiCaprio and Lawrence are not the only two marquee names on this particular title card; joining the two Oscar winning stars for Don’t Look Up are a bevy of phenomenal acting talent: Meryl Streep, Timothy Chalamet, Jonah Hill, Matthew Perry, Ariana Grande, Himesh Patel, Kid Cudi, Cate Blanchett and Rob Morgan have all signed on to the film.
DiCaprio leads our Vents headline (and just about every blessed other media headline you can shake a stick at) by sheer virtue of the fact that this is the actor’s very first foray into a streaming film, with his upcoming work with director Martin Scorsese in the period film Killers of the Flower Moon being the second; that film landed with Apple streaming. It also marks the first real substantive comedic work he’s undertaken since his major feature film career launched in ’93 with This Boy’s Life, although he had a neat little bit in Woody Allen’s Celebrity as well as some fun, broad scenes in Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio was apparently cast late in the game for the film, tentative on clearing the decks of his own busy schedule. With Don’t Look Up missing its own April window to start production due to the global pandemic, DiCaprio found his opening to join the buzzed about film.
In a statement earlier this year about the production of Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay said that he was “thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence. She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite act.’ And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way.”
McKay, who compares Don’t Look Up to Barry Levinson’s classic political satire film Wag the Dog, will be producing the film along with Kevin J. Messick and Jeff G. Waxman.