The star-studded cast also includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Jonah Hill, and more
Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio play a pair of astronomers, Kate Dibiasky and Dr. Randall Mindy, attempting to warn the world about the apocalyptic threat presented by an approaching comet in the upcoming film (out in select theaters Dec. 10 and on Netflix December 24).
“I’ve known Jennifer for a good while now,” says writer-director McKay (Step Brothers, The Big Short), explaining how he landed his leads. “One of the first meetings she ever took in Los Angeles was with me. She is a massive fan of Step Brothers. I’ve been a giant fan [of hers] since she first came on the scene and she just straight up makes me laugh. So I wrote this role for her. She was the first actor in.” As for DiCaprio, the filmmaker says that, “Leo was interested and then the pandemic hit. So we used lot of the time during the pandemic to just go through the script, talk about his character. He’s really smart, he really knows movies, he knows movie history, he understands characters, and it was very enjoyable.”
The film’s all-star cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Rob Morgan, Mark Rylance, Ron Perlman, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Chiklis, Tomer Sisley, and Chris Evans.
“Chris Evans has a little cameo in the movie,” says McKay. “He’s very funny. I won’t give away who he plays but he does pop up in the movie.”
Finally, Streep plays U.S. President Janie Orlean while Jonah Hill portrays her son and chief-of-staff Jason.
“She’s very concerned about the poll numbers, very concerned about the politics, loves her own celebrity,” says McKay of Streep’s commander-in-chief. “She’s a hybrid of all the ridiculous leaders that we’ve had for the past ten, 20, 30 years.”
Do look up for a first look image of Streep and Hill with Lawrence and DiCaprio above and see more exclusive images from the film below.