McKay, the director behind “Step Brothers,” “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights” and “The Big Short,” will write and direct “Don’t Look Up,” which pursues two mid-level astronomers engaged in a media tour to warn humanity about an imminent asteroid that could destroy the planet, writes news.ro
Lawrence and DiCaprio would play the two astronomers, but Netflix has not confirmed.
Jonah Hill and Himesh Patel are also in the film, along with Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi and Matthew Perry. Earlier, Cate Blanchett and Rob Morgan were announced as part of the cast.
Filming is set to begin before the end of the year.
McKay will produce the film with Kevin Messick through McKay’s Hyperobject Industries.
Prior to “Don’t Look Up,” DiCaprio starred in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.”
Streep worked on another Netflix movie, “The Prom,” by Ryan Murphy, recently released, but also on Steven Soderbergh’s comedy “Let Them All Talk.”
Chalamet, who previously starred with Streep in Greta Gerwig’s remake “Little Women,” worked on “Dune,” “The French Dispatch” and “Going Electric,” the film about Bob Dylan by James Mangold.