The JLaw acting hiatus is finally over as the “Silver Linings Playbook” actress is set to star in Adam McKay’s new Netflix comedy “Don’t Look Up,” releasing later this year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will also be written by McKay and follows two low-level astronomers who try to alert the world that an impending meteor will destroy planet Earth.
McKay initially signed a first look deal with Paramount, however the hefty price tag of $75 million became a point of contention, causing the deal to ultimately fall through. On Monday, Netflix stepped in to acquire the project to which Netflix’s Head of Film Scott Stuber said the following:
”Adam has always had great timing when it comes to making smart, relevant and irreverent films that depict our culture. Even if he somehow ends up predicting planet Earth’s imminent demise, we’re excited to add this to our slate before it all comes to an end.”
While this will mark the first collaboration between McKay and Lawrence, the pairing has been a long time coming as the two previously flirted with the prospect of working together. McKay put out a statement expressing his excitement saying, “I’m so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence.” He added, “She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite talent.’ And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way.”
Naturally, McKay and his collaborative partner Kevin Messick are producing under his Hyperobject Industries banner.
Principal photography is set to begin this April with a quick turnaround for release later this year.
Both McKay and Lawrence have a busy 2020 ahead of them. McKay of course is working with Bong Jon-Ho on a “Parasite” series while also spearheading a series centered around the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1980s. Lawrence recently wrapped production on an untitled A24 drama and will be following “Don’t Look Up” with Universal’s “Mob Girl.”