The film focuses on two low-level astronomers tasked with warning the world that an approaching comet is en route to destroy planet Earth.
The satire plays on the idiocy of humanity and how people don’t believe them and just mock them for trying to save the planet.
Here’s the trailer:
The official Netflix synopsis for Don’t Look Up reads:
“Kate Dibiasky, an astronomy grad student, along with her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (DiCaprio) make an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. The problem — it’s on a direct collision course with Earth. The other problem? No one really seems to care. Turns out warning mankind about a planet-killer the size of Mount Everest is an inconvenient fact to navigate. With the help of Dr. Oglethorpe, Kate and Randall embark on a media tour that takes them from the office of an indifferent President Orlean and her sycophantic son and Chief of Staff, Jason, to the airwaves of The Daily Rip, an upbeat morning show hosted by Brie and Jack. With only six months until the comet makes impact, managing the 24-hour news cycle and gaining the attention of the social media obsessed public before it’s too late proves shockingly comical — what will it take to get the world to just look up?”
The film boasts a star-studded ensemble cast, and joining Leo are a few heavy hitters including Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis, Tomer Sisley, with Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep.
The film is both written and directed by filmmaker Adam McKay, director of the films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Big Short, and Vice.
Don’t Look Up will be released worldwide on Netflix on December 24th.