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by Sarah Finnan
09th Sep 2021

Don't Look Up

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What do you get if you grab a handful of Hollywood elite and mix them all together? The cast for the upcoming ‘Don’t Look Up’ movie, that’s what.

Featuring some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, it’s the very definition of star-studded with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Timothée Chalamet, Chris Evans, Himesh Patel, Matthew Perry, Tyler Perry, Rob Morgan and Kid Cudi all featuring (amongst others). Name just about anyone in Hollywood and they’re probably in this movie.

Well, apart from Seth Rogan – who isn’t bitter about it or anything. Leaving a comment under his good pal Jonah’s latest Instagram post, it’s clear that Mr Rogan is both happy and sad by all the press coverage of the upcoming sure-to-be-hit. “I am excited to watch you in this film and in no way really upset I wasn’t put in this movie as well,” he joked.

This in response to a still Jonah shared of his character looking very pensive. “They won’t let me give too much away but creating this guy was the grossest blast I’ve ever had,” Hill told fans. “I thought, what if Fyre Festival was a person and that person had power in the White House. See you in December.”

Directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Big Short), the sci-fi comedy-drama centres on astronomy grad student, Kate, and her professor, Randall, who unwittingly discover that there is a giant comet heading straight for earth.  

 According to the official synopsis for the movie: 

“Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) make 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 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.”

If the killer cast doesn’t convince you to go see it, the pertinence of its subject matter probably will. It may take on a satirical tone, but unfortunately, it’s not far off the money as the world currently faces the consequences of a huge climate crisis. 

Don’t Look Up will be in select cinemas from December 10th, with a Netflix release date soon to follow on December 24th.

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