What’s the deal with Don’t Look Up, the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence and a barrel of other movie stars? Here’s what we know. It’s a dark comedy about two scientists who discover a world-ending comet hurtling toward Earth and for some reason have trouble getting the media and the government to take this global threat seriously—so totally a work of fantastical science fiction and not based on even an ounce of truth. I’m not kidding about the cast either. They really called up the entire A-List. (The trailer for this dropped today, btw. You can watch it above.)
The star power in Don’t Look Up is not all that surprising. The film’s director is Adam McKay, who also famously cast Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez to look pretty and famous while explaining the housing crisis in The Big Short. The biggest talent that Hollywood has to offer wants to work with him. Even the cameos are impressive, but let’s get into the main cast.
Jennifer Lawrence plays Dr. Kate Dibiasky
Remember that weird time where Lawrence would bounce from playing a teenager in a Hunger Games movie to a 40something single mom who works too hard in an Oscar-bait movie four months later, and that repeated for, like, three years in a row? She’s always great, but I’m glad that’s over.
Rob Morgan plays Dr. Clayton “Teddy” Oglethorpe
You know him from fancy movies like Mudbound and The Last Black Man in San Francisco. I know him from all of the Marvel shows on Netflix. We are not the same.
Mark Rylance plays Peter Isherwell
Maybe you know him from Bridge of Spies. Maybe you know him from Ready Player One. He’s one of the most prestigious “that guy”s working in Hollywood.
Cate Blancett plays Brie Evantee
Meryl Streep plays President Janie Orlean
When it comes to over-the-top female politicians, it’s hard to see how this is going to be any better than Selena on Veep, but it’s Meryl so…maybe that’s on me for comparing them!
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