Netflix’s Don’t Look UpIt has one of most impressive casts of all time. It boasts the likes Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence leading a story that’s all too fitting for the current global climatePolitically and environmentally. Recently, DiCaprio explained that he was looking to star in a movie on the climate crisis. However, he acknowledged how difficult it is to translate the subject matter into a narrative format.
What is ‘Don’t Look Up’ about?
Low-level astronomer Dr. Randall Mindy (DiCaprio) and student Kate Dibiasky (Lawrence) are trying to convince the world that there’s a huge approaching comet on a destruction path heading toward earth. But political intervention makes it more difficult to achieve their goal. They decide to go on a media tour to tell the world about the danger that’s to come.
Oscar-winning writer Adam McKay is both the writer and director. Don’t Look Up. The impressive cast includes Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep. McKay previously explained how he needed to make the movie “crazier” as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Donald Trump.
Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to make a film on the climate crisis.
DiCaprio, and other Don’t Look Up cast members attended a screening in Westwood, California, where they participated in a Q&A that The Hollywood Reporter covered. DiCaprio explained how McKay’s script came to him at just the right time. He wanted to star in a movie about the climate crisis, but it’s a tricky subject matter to approach.
DiCaprio said, “I had been looking for a film about the climate crisis, but from a narrative perspective, it’s next to impossible.” Most movies about the climate crisis are documentaries. The subject isn’t really explored from a narrative perspective, especially one that would capture the actor’s attention. DiCaprio added that the biggest issue is creating a “sense of urgency and tension with an issue that evolves over a century.”
He described McKay’s story angle as “a stroke of genius” via a comet headed to destroy Earth. These are important issues that have a huge impact on the planet. DiCaprio explained that the movie tackles “how do we as a species, as a society, as a culture, politically, deal with imminent Armageddon.”
Leonardo DiCaprio remains active in climate change activism
DiCaprio has a long history of environmental activism. He is the creator the Leonardo DiCaprio FoundationThe organization is a non-profit that aims to raise awareness about climate change. He’s known as one of the most active and outspoken actor activists in this arena. DiCaprio regularly comments on the world’s carbon footprint, including the Indonesian government’s use of palm oil.
However, DiCaprio’s use of yachts and private aircrafts has been criticized by the public. These are bad for the environment. He still regularly donates large amounts of money to environmental causes. He has also narrated and taken part in climate change documentaries, such as 2019’s Ice on Fire. The upcoming Don’t Look UpHis ability to take real-world problems into the media is certainly a plus.
Don’t Look UpLimited theaters will open Dec. 10, and streaming will begin Dec. 24, on the Netflix streaming platform.