Amid warnings from native authorities and the CDC about massive gatherings, the largest movie to movie in the Boston space this yr, the Netflix comedy “Don’t Look Up,” formally kicked off manufacturing final week, with a set photograph exhibiting off the movie’s silhouetted logo.
Directed by Adam McKay (“The Big Short,” “Anchorman”) and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, and seemingly half of Hollywood, “Don’t Look Up” was initially set to start filming in April, however is now trying to make movie magic throughout the fall and winter months.
Details about the movie are being stored very hush-hush in the mean time, however right here’s every part we know thus far about “Don’t Look Up.”
What is the plot of “Don’t Look Up”?
Lawrence and DiCaprio play a pair of astronomers who uncover that an asteroid is on a collision course for Earth. When they start to converse publicly about the approaching hazard, they discover that nobody will take their dire warnings of impending doom severely.
McKay acknowledged the timeliness of the movie’s end-of-days plot in a March interview with Rolling Stone.
“We were scouting a new movie in Boston when this whole coronavirus thing hit,” McKay stated. “And the movie is about an asteroid that’s gonna hit Earth and destroy the Earth, and the two scientists who discovered it. … The whole idea is that the president doesn’t understand the science and kind of soft-sells it and the urgency is kind of lost. And so these two scientists have to go on a media tour and kind of get caught up in the social media vortex and TV shows, and they’re just trying to say that, ‘Hey, we’re all gonna die.’”
What stars will likely be in the movie?
Saying that half of Hollywood is in “Don’t Look Up” is simply half exaggeration. Along with Lawrence and DiCaprio, “Don’t Look Up” may also star Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Himesh Patel, and Timothée Chalamet. Pop star Ariana Grande, rapper Kid Cudi, and actors Matthew Perry and Tomer Sisley may also be making appearances. Stars Tyler Perry, Ron Perlman, and Melanie Lynskey have been additionally revealed to have joined the forged late final week.
Given differing capturing schedules, some actors will not be in Boston but. (DiCaprio, for instance, was spotted on the beach in LA with actor pal Emile Hirsch on Nov. 6.) But others have made their presence in Boston identified: Lawrence took to the streets earlier this month, tweeting a video after she decided to “throw a party for 1” celebrating Joe Biden’s victory.
Where is “Don’t Look Up” being filmed?
Producers are preserving filming places as secret as potential amid COVID considerations. That stated, crews will likely be visiting a number of municipalities throughout the shoot — together with some which might be effectively exterior of Boston, together with Framingham — and manufacturing is predicted to proceed by means of a minimum of February 2021.
How is the movie set staying COVID-safe?
A movie set for a serious movement image often requires a whole lot of individuals. With a rumored finances of around $75 million, “Don’t Look Up” is not any totally different. In an try to forestall outbreaks, movies like “Don’t Look Up” depend on a COVID compliance consultants, a brand new position that has sprung up on units as Hollywood resumes work worldwide.
Jamieson Shea, a New England movie skilled who can also be a firefighter and paramedic, is working as a well being and security advisor on “Don’t Look Up.” Shea beforehand helped to develop and provoke the COVID compliance plan for Netflix’s “The Cape House,” a small-budget movie that filmed in October and November, and labored as a advisor on Miramax’s “Mother/Android,” which began manufacturing in September and wrapped in November.
“It’s almost like the bubbles that they’ve created for these productions, it doesn’t matter what’s going on really in the outside world outside of that bubble, because we’re so isolated and so protected,” Shea informed the podcast. “It’s kind of a great thing to see happen.”
Can I nonetheless audition for a job in the movie?
Earlier this fall, casting director Judy Bouley put out a call for extras for a Netflix movie, looking for “people of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities to potentially work as paid background actors.”
Even throughout a pandemic, the response was rapid, with tens of hundreds of aspiring actors making use of. While Bouley couldn’t verify that the identify of the mission she was casting for, she stated her casting crew is “thrilled” with the 28,000 submissions they acquired for the movie.
“Everything is going wonderfully on the movie, and I’m so grateful to be filming in Boston,” Bouley stated. “We are at full capacity now with our applications. For those of you who have applied, please be patient. The casting department will be casting throughout the middle of February.”