Academy Award winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up new photos are out now.
Don’t Look Up follows Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) makes an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. The problem — it’s on a direct collision course with Earth. The other problem? No one really seems to care. Turns out warning mankind about a planet-killer the size of Mount Everest is an inconvenient fact to navigate. With the help of Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), Kate and Randall embark on a media tour that takes them from the office of an indifferent President Orlean (Meryl Streep) and her sycophantic son and Chief of Staff, Jason (Jonah Hill), to the airwaves of The Daily Rip, an upbeat morning show hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry). With only six months until the comet makes an impact, managing the 24-hour news cycle and gaining the attention of the social media-obsessed public before it’s too late proves shockingly comical — what will it take to get the world to just look up?!
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, McKay revealed the film was created with Jennifer Lawrence in mind. “I’ve been a giant fan since she first came on the scene and she just straight up makes me laugh. So I wrote this role for her. She was the first actor in,” he said.
He also noted that DiCaprio joined the team quickly, and helped fine-tune his role last year. “We used a lot of time during the pandemic to just go through the script, [and] talk about his character,” he said. “He’s really smart, he really knows movie history, he understands characters, and it was just very enjoyable.”
DiCaprio shared his excitement about the project in this week’s issue of PEOPLE. “I knew when I read his script that it was incredibly unique, as it struck an important chord concerning the modern world we live in,” he said. “Adam has woven an incredibly timely message about society, how we communicate, and our current priorities, and the climate crisis into an absurdly funny yet important movie.”
The cast list is given below.
- Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr. Randall Mindy
- Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Dibiasky
- Cate Blanchett as Brie Evantee
- Meryl Streep as President Janie Orlean
- Rob Morgan as Dr. Clayton “Teddy” Oglethorpe
- Jonah Hill as Jason Orlean
- Mark Rylance as Peter Isherwell
- Tyler Perry as Jack Bremmer
- Timothée Chalamet as Yule
- Ron Perlman as Colonel Drask
- Ariana Grande as Riley Bina
- Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) as DJ Chello
- Himesh Patel as Phillip
- Melanie Lynskey as June Mindy
- Michael Chiklis as Dan Pawketty
- Tomer Sisley as Adul Grelio
- Paul Guilfoyle as General Themes
Don’t Look Up will be premiere on Netflix on December 24, 2021.