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Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence scramble to save the world in ‘Don’t Look Up’ trailer

The all-star cast also features Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Jonah Hill and Cate Blanchett

By Hollie Geraghty

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence sit on a couch in the trailer for 'Don't Look Up'
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence star in 'Don't Look Up'. (Photo: YouTube/ Netflix).

The new trailer for Adam McKay’s Netflix film ‘Don’t Look Up’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence has been released – watch it below.

The film tells the story of two low-level astronomers who must go on a huge media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy Earth. 

It features a jam-packed all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett and more.

The trailer gives a sense of the film’s comedic satire, in which Lawrence’s character is seen hysterically telling news anchors of the comet’s imminent arrival, which is met by laughs and patronising dismissal. 

At one point Ariana Grande is seen talking to DiCaprio and Lawrence where she says: “You guys discovered a comet? I have a shooting star on my back.” To which DiCaprio’s character replies: “That’s terrific.”

McKay is known for his sharp political wit, having directed ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Vice’, as well as acclaimed comedy films ‘Step Brothers’ and ‘Anchorman’.

‘Don’t Look Up’ is set to premiere worldwide on Netflix on December 24, with a limited cinema release on December 10.

Watch the trailer below. 

McKay recently spoke about how he saw the film’s excessive drama and over-the-top events reflected in real life. 

Speaking on a panel for Deadline on Sunday (November 14) he said: “I swear on all the holy books on the planet Earth that I wrote this before Covid, and it was one of those strangest experiences I’ve ever had.

“The strangest thing about this movie was writing it, casting it and then seeing a lot of the elements come true, and then wondering: do you even make the movie?”

He reflected on reading his script during the pandemic, adding: “there was this moment where I realized it was all about how we’ve befouled, broken, profitized, pornographicized our lines of communication, the way we actually talk to each other.

“That was the moment where I was like, Oh, we definitely have to make that and I wrote all the cast and they were all like, ‘Oh, yeah – Now more than ever.’”