2021 will go down as the year of movie releases. From Wes Anderson’s standing ovation-worthy The French Dispatch to the cinematic masterpiece that Annette is shaping up to be, the movie fans have been feasting on masterful creations for months on end. And, while it feels as though things couldn’t get better, acclaimed director Adam McKay is ensuring this isn’t the case, as he begins to unveils the details of his explosive comedy-drama, Don’t Look Up.
Thanks to a clip released last month, we now know that some of the world’s most coveted actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Timothée Chalamet, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Lawrence, and Meryl Streep, are set to meet musical masterminds Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi in the film’s star-studded cast – meaning that the promise of unparalleled drama and entrancing on-screen chemistry hangs in the balance. While rudimentary in nature, the details confirmed that the film will follow the bizarre apocalyptic plot of “two low-level astronomers, who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth.” And, in an unprecedented turn of events, the 30-second clip, which featured the scenes of Leonardo DiCaprio starring as the anxious scientist Randall Mindy, and a mockingly nonchalant White House-bound Jonah Hill and Meryl Streep, is already stirring up Oscar nomination chatter for 2022.
And, in a bid to keep the anticipation surrounding the new project rife, Netflix has just released a set of first looks from the upcoming project – and what a look it is. Whether it is the scenes of Timotheé Chalamet sporting a rugged skater boy aesthetic courtesy of long flowing locks or a curiosity-inducing snap of a champagne glass-wielding Ariana and Kid Cudi snuggling up on the sofa, the images have both satisfied our craving for more information regarding the project, while also presenting even more questions.
While the premise, cast and new imagery are enough to peg this as the most coveted release of 2021, that is not where the excitement stops. If rumours are to be believed, the Adam McKay-directed project will also house an original song from cast members and on-screen cuddlers Ariana and Kid Cudi – which we already know will be our favourite track of the year.
Set to induce raucous laughter, a clashing of Hollywood’s brightest talents, and plenty of drama upon its December release, it is fair to say that Don’t Look Up is shaping up to be the only release that matters this year.
Take your first look at Don’t Look Up below…