NEW YORK (AP) – Jennifer Lawrence will star in the Adam McKay comedy â€œDon’t Look Upâ€ for Netflix.
The streaming giant on Wednesday announced that it acquired the the project. McKay, who wrote the script, will direct the film about two low-level astronomers who go on a media tour to warn of an approaching asteroid heading for Earth.
Lawrence has been little seen on the big screen lately, most recently co-starring in last year’s â€œX-Men: Dark Phoenix.â€ The 29-year-old actress took a roughly two-year hiatus from acting but has recently returned to work. She recently wrapped production on an untitled film for A24 directed by Lila Neugebauer.
â€œIâ€™m so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence,” McKay said in a statement. “Sheâ€™s what folks in the 17th century used to call â€˜a dynamite act.â€™ 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.â€
McKay’s most recently movie was 2018’s Oscar-nominated â€œVice,â€ starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney.
â€œAdam has always had great timing when it comes to making smart, relevant and irreverent films that depict our culture,â€ said Scott Stuber, head of film at Netfix. “Even if he somehow ends up predicting planet Earthâ€™s imminent demise, weâ€™re excited to add this to our slate before it all comes to an end.â€
Shooting on â€œDon’t Look Up” is set to begin in April.