There’s an asteroid heading for Earth and no one cares. That’s the premise of the new upcoming Adam McKay film, Don’t Look Up, which just dropped its “official” Netflix trailer today. Don’t Look Up, which is based on a true story that hasn’t happened yet, has a monster cast that starts off with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence and never dips below a cameo from Ariana Grande.
We’ve all seen the plot of the film before. An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth to destroy it (which still isn’t actually as bad as the moon coming to destroy it), and it’s up to a ragtag team of scientists to stop it from doing just that. However, McKay is taking things in a different direction as he brings his socially aware comedy into the fold. The end result is a satirical take on a genre that has almost come to be a parody in and of itself. Kate Dibiasky (Lawrence) and Dr. Randall Mindy (DiCaprio) hurtle around trying to get people to listen to them about the end of the world, but no one really does. As the official trailer reflects, Don’t Look Up is obviously set up to pillory our current political, social, and media landscape where influencers decide what people think and politicians make decisions based on PR.
McKay wrote, directed, and produced the film, which is coming to Netflix. The cast also includes (deep breath) Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis, Tomer Sisley, and Cate Blanchett. Like previous McKay films with stacked casts, most of the actors will probably pop in for cameos and other asides, but it’s a testimony to McKay’s filmmaking that he can consistently pull in this many stars.
Don’t Look Up hits theaters on December 10 and then Netflix on December 24.