Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has joined the team of Adam McKay’s upcoming ensemble cast Netflix film Don’t Look Up, Netflix announced on Twitter on Thursday.
The film already boasts of a number of Academy Award-winning actors in its lineup. The full cast now includes actors Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Mathew Perry, Himesh Patel, Tomer Sisley as well as music icons Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi.
The cast of Adam McKay's DON'T LOOK UP is absolutely iconic:
💫Leonardo DiCaprio joins
💫Jennifer Lawrence &
💫Rob Morgan alongside
💫Tomer Sisley pic.twitter.com/UODRd7r2t8
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) October 14, 2020
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on two low-level scientists who embark on a media tour to warn people of an imminent meteor attack on Earth but find an unreceptive and unbelieving populace.
Lawrence and DiCaprio will be portraying the roles of the scientists, the report added.
The film is expected to start shooting from November 19 in Boston and is likely to release in 2021.
McKay- who has previously directed films like Vice (2018), The Big Short (2015) and Step Brothers (2008)- will write, direct and co-produce the film under his Hyperobject Industries Banner, along with partner Kevin Messick.
This will be DiCaprio’s first film to be released on Netflix. The Academy Award winner had reportedly been taking a long time to weigh his decision of starring in a film which would premiere on a streaming platform. He is also working on Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, alongside Robert de Niro. Coincidentally, Killers of the Flower Moon is being produced by Apple and will be premiering on Apple TV in 2021.
Don’t Look Up will see DiCaprio reuniting with Jonah Hill after their 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street.
Streep, who was last seen in Little Women (2019) as Aunt March, will be seen next in Ryan Murphy’s musical comedy The Prom. The Prom, which will premiere on Netflix in December, co-stars Nicole Kidman, James Corden and Keegan-Michael Key.