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Cate Blanchett To Star In Adam McKay’s Netflix Film “Don’t Look Up”

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Director and writer Adam McKay is working on Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, and everyone wants to be a part of it. Fortunately, he got his first big signing when Jennifer Lawrence joined the project. Now, Cate Blanchett is another name who has committed to the film.

Another Role For Blanchett

Blanchett will take part in McKay’s forthcoming Netflix project. This will be the first time the pair will be working together. Surprisingly enough, this will also be Lawrence and Blanchett’s first time in the same film. Both actresses have run into each other at various award shows over the years. The satirical comedy follows a pair of astronomers warning people about a forthcoming meteorite. This specific meteorite isn’t arriving in a matter of decades. It’s planning to hit Earth in six months. Lawrence and Blanchett as the astronomers would be the perfect fit.

Everyone knows Blanchett and Lawrence are awe-inspiring in dramas. They don’t have many comedic roles to their name, though. Blanchett wowed audiences in 2001’s Bandits, which earned her a Best Actress nomination at the Golden Globes. Her next major comedic performance came in 2018 with Ocean’s 8. For three seasons, Lawrence starred on the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. Following the show, Lawrence became a star with 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook and 2013’s American Hustle. Since American Hustle, Lawrence has taken over the sci-fi and horror fields.

McKay Is Okay

McKay’s career has been on the climb since exiting Saturday Night Live in 2001. In 2016, he won their first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay with The Big Short. Three years later, he returned to the event to support Vice. The Dick Cheney biopic earned McKay his first Best Picture nomination. It also gave him his second Best Director nomination. McKay dove into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015 by co-writing Ant-Man.

Don’t Look Up will be the first film under McKay’s Hyberobject Industries company. With McKay’s beloved comedic work alongside Will Ferrell, Netflix knew he would deliver much-needed laughter. “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,” Netflix’s head of film Scott Stuber told Deadline. The film was expected to start filming in April, but the coronavirus put it on hold. Netflix wanted Don’t Look Down ready in time for awards season.

For McKay, this will be one of many projects lined up in the future. McKay will be busy working on the recently announced films The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and The Menu. McKay is also reuniting with Lawrence for Bad Blood, which has the actress portraying businesswoman Elizabeth Holmes.


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Another Oscar Coming Soon?

Unlike McKay, Blanchett only has a handful of projects in the works. The actress will portray Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s Lucy and Desi. The biopic could find itself also going for Oscar consideration upon its release. Recently, the actress was connected to the forthcoming Borderlands film adaptation. The film will find her portraying Crimson Raiders leader Lilith. Blanchett was currently working on the psychological thriller Nightmare Alley, but production has been temporarily shut down. The film reunites Blanchett with director Guillermo del Toro, who worked with her on The Hobbit trilogy. Nightmare Alley also features Bradley Cooper, Willem Dafoe, and Rooney Mara.

With countless accolades to her name, Blanchett delivered unforgettable performances. While the world is in an unreal situation, the actress can’t wait to get back to the set. Fans worldwide can’t wait to catch her next big film.

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