Jennifer Lawrence, star of films such as X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Hunger Games, is set to take a break from the silver screen as she is announced to join the cast of Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi comedy Don’t Look Up.
As per Deadline, the Academy Award-winner is set to take the lead in the film which tells the story of two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching asteroid that will destroy Earth.
McKay also wrote the script and will produce under his Hyperobject Industries banner with Kevin Messick, no confirmation on whether McKay will also direct.
“I’m so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence. She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite talent’,” McKay said. “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.”
Scott Stuber, head of Netflix films, added: “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.”
Cameras are expected to roll on Don’t Look Up in April.