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Don't Look Up: Release date, trailer, cast for Netflix disaster romp

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence are just two of the many stars in this disaster comedy

Jennifer Lawrence in Don't Look Up
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Published: Monday, 6th December 2021 at 3:55 pm

Get ready for the most star-studded cast of the year.

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Streaming service Netflix is no stranger to starry prestige films after successes such as The Irishman and The Trial of the Chicago 7 - but Don't Look Up might just be their starriest yet.

Now Oscar-winning director Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice) brings us Don't Look Up - a satirical comedy that takes a classic disaster movie premise of a comet heading towards Earth, except this time, no one seems to care.

It's up to Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence to go on a press tour of all things to warn the public - where they encounter a who's who of acclaimed actors including Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Jonah Hill and Meryl Streep.

How is that for an Oscar-adorned cast?

Here's everything you need to know about Netflix's Don't Look Up.

Don't Look Up release date

Don't Look Up is released in UK cinemas on December 10, 2021.

The film will then receive its streaming release on Netflix worldwide on December 24, 2021.

A nice Christmas watch at home for the family (if apocalyptic comedies are their thing!).

The star-studded comedy continues the trend of releasing some film content in cinemas prior to a wider streaming release.

Don't Look Up cast

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence lead the absolutely packed Don't Look Up cast, with both actors returning to a lead role after several quiet years.

Lawrence takes on the role of heroic astronomy grad student Kate Dibiasky, while DiCaprtiop plays her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy.

DON'T LOOK UP (L to R) JENNIFER LAWRENCE as KATE DIBIASKY, LEONARDO DICAPRIO as DR. RANDALL MINDY. Cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2021
DON'T LOOK UP (L to R) JENNIFER LAWRENCE as KATE DIBIASKY, LEONARDO DICAPRIO as DR. RANDALL MINDY. Cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2021

They will be joined by - wait for it - Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Rob Morgan (Daredevil), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Tyler Perry (Gone Girl), Timothée Chalamet (Dune), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Himesh Patel (Yesterday), Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men), Michael Chiklis (The Shield), and Tomer Sisley (Messiah).

If that wasn't enough, legendary actresses Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep will also be appearing in the film, as well as singers Ariana Grande and Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi.

A cast this impressive is likely in no small part due to the success of director Adam McKay, whose previous films The Big Short and Vice were universally acclaimed and received several Oscar nominations.

Don't Look Up trailer

The full theatrical trailer for Don't look Up was released on November 16, 2021.

The footage hammers home the story of Kate and Randall doing all they can to convince ignorant politicians and media pundits to take the oncoming apocalypse a little more seriously.

The first teaser trailer was released in September 2021, and though brief did feature a glimpse of the film's huge cast list - and some very nervous breathing from Leonardo DiCaprio.

This trailer was a bit shorter than the newer one - hence it being a teaser - but is no less impactful.

Don't Look Up premiere

On Sunday, December 5, the big premiere for the film took place in New York City and the cast turned out for the big event.

Pregnant star Jennifer Lawrence appeared on the red carpet with her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio.

(L-R) Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, and Adam McKay attend the "Don't Look Up" World Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 05, 2021
(L-R) Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, and Adam McKay attend the "Don't Look Up" World Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 05, 2021 Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Netflix

Also present for the event were their fellow cast members Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi), Tyler Perry, and more were also at the event.

Meanwhile, actress Florence Pugh also put in an appearance despite not appearing in the film (as far as we know).

We shall have to wait and see if this all-star film really proves to be a hit.

What is Don't Look Up about?

A disaster film unlike any other, Don't Look Up follows astronomy grad student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) as they discover a comet on a direct collision course with Earth.

Naturally, they take this news to President Orlean (Meryl Streep) and her fawning Chief of Staff Jason (Jonah Hill) - who, to their surprise have heard enough apocalypse stories and are indifferent on the matter.

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DON'T LOOK UP (L to R) CATE BLANCHETT as BRIE EVANTEE, TYLER PERRY as JACK BREMMER, LEONARDO DICAPRIO as DR. RANDALL MINDY, JENNIFER LAWRENCE as KATE DIBIASKY, Cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2021
(L-R) Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in Don't Look Up

Therefore, with the help of Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), Kate and Randall must go on a press tour to save humanity, which puts them on a collision course with all sorts of eccentric media personalities including morning show hosts Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry). With only six months left until impact, it soon no longer funny how unwilling people are to pay attention - what will it take for the world to look up?

While a disaster film on the surface, much like McKay's other work Don't Look Up is a black comedy at heart, which will be taking aim at the24-hour news cycle and social media in particular, as well as acting as an allegory for climate change and how we communicate.

If you want more details on the film, you can read our Don't Look Up review.

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Don't Look Up will be released in the UK on 10th December 2021. If you’re looking for something else to watch, check out our TV Guide or visit our dedicated Movies hub.

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