Don't Look Up Teaser Trailer Leaks, Shows Meryl Streep As US President Facing A Meteor Crisis

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play astronomers who are trying to save the planet but no one listens to them.

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A new teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix movie Don't Look Up has leaked. While the quality is not great, it does provide a good look at what to expect from the disaster movie that features Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence playing astronomers who embark on a media tour to tell people about a meteor that's expected to crash into Earth.

The teaser trailer shows a scene in the Oval Office where DiCaprio and Lawrence's characters are trying to inform the President (Meryl Streep) and Chief of Staff (Jonah Hill) about their impending doom. The trailer also lists off the many big names who will also appear in the movie, including Rob Morgan, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, and Scott Mescudi AKA Kid Cudi.

The movie was written and directed by Adam McKay, who previously directed Anchorman and Step Brothers before getting into somewhat more serious fare with The Big Short and Vice. He says Don't Look Up borrows a trope from Jaws where the mayor denies the existence of a killer shark, even though the evidence is all around him. In Don't Look Up, people seemingly don't want to believe the meteor is coming, even though experts say it is.

"So it's two mid-level, very sincere astronomers who make the discovery of a lifetime, which is a killer asteroid headed toward Earth. They have to warn everyone and have to go on a media tour," McKay said (via MovieWeb). "It's them navigating our world. It's them navigating their equivalent of Twitter. It's them navigating the political landscape. It's them navigating talk shows and how they're perceived. I call it a dark comedy."

The film is also about how people struggle to communicate these days thanks to the internet.

"We can't even talk to each other anymore. We can't even agree. So it's about climate change, but at its root [Don’t Look Up is] about what has the internet, what have cellphones, what has the modern world done to the way we communicate," McKay told Collider.

Don't Look Up is scheduled for release sometime later in 2021 on Netflix.

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