“Don’t Look Up” would undoubtedly be a top candidate if awards were given only on the basis of star power.
The dark comedy’s teaser debuted on Netflix on Wednesday, giving fans a look at its buzz-worthy cast but little in the way of storyline details.
The film, written and directed by Adam McKay, follows two astronomers, Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio), as they try to warn the world about the impending apocalyptic threat posed by a comet.
The parallels between the divisive, real-life discussion over climate change research and the COVID-19 epidemic are, of course, deliberate. The “Don’t Look Up” trailer also features Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, and Tyler Perry, with Chris Evans making a cameo appearance.
Catch the “Don’t Look Up” trailer below.
However, much of the early discussion has centered on Meryl Streep’s portrayal as President Janie Orlean. Orlean hires her son, Jason (Jonah Hill), as her chief of staff, in what looks to be a direct swipe at former President Donald Trump’s family relations.
McKay is no stranger to skewering political leaders on film, having cast Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney in the 2018 comedy “Vice.” Instead of being a stand-in for Trump, Streep’s role is meant to be “a combination of all the crazy presidents that we’ve had over the previous 10, 20, 30 years,” he said.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Wednesday, he stated, “She’s extremely interested about poll numbers, very concerned about politics, loves her own celebrity.”
Meanwhile, DiCaprio praised the script for “striking an important chord concerning the modern world we live in,” telling Entertainment Weekly, “Adam has woven an incredibly timely message about society, how we communicate, our current priorities, and the climate crisis into an absurdly funny yet important movie.”
The film “Don’t Look Up” will be released in theaters on December 10 and will be available to view on Netflix on December 24.