According to Deadline, Academy Award winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Ready Player One) and Emmy winner Michael Chiklis (The Shield) have been tapped to join the star-studded ensemble cast of Adam McKay’s upcoming Netflix film Don’t Look Up. This marks Rylance’s latest project with the streamer following his recent appearance in The Trial of the Chicago 7.
The film recently had a filming setback as production was temporarily halted after Jennifer Lawrence sustained minor injuries caused by a glass explosion while shooting a scene.
Written and directed by McKay (Vice, The Big Short), Don’t Look Up will center on two low-level astronomers who have to embark on a media tour around the globe in an effort to warn mankind of an approaching asteroid that is going to destroy Earth.
The cast for the film will be led by Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and Jennifer Lawrence (Dark Phoenix) as the central astronomers alongside Meryl Streep (The Prom), Jonah Hill (The Beach Bum), Himesh Patel (Yesterday), Timothée Chalamet (Dune), Cate Blanchett (Where’d You Go, Bernadette?), Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame), Rob Morgan (Luke Cage), Tyler Perry (Gone Girl, Vice), Melanie Lynskey (Castle Rock, Mrs. America), and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Monster Hunter). The Netflix film will also feature a number of cameos including Ariana Grande (Kidding), Kid Cudi (Bill & Ted Face the Music), Matthew Perry (Friends), and Tomer Sisley (Messiah).
McKay has had a successful run in the satire genre over the past few years, earning one Oscar nomination and one win for 2016’s The Big Short and three Oscar nominations for 2018’s Vice, including Best Picture. The 52-year-old filmmaker will produce the project alongside partner Kevin Messick via their productions banner Hyperobject Industries.