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Netflix releases first trailer for its latest awards contender Don’t Look Up

Netflix is looking toward the stars – and we’re not just talking about ones of the Hollywood variety. The first trailer for Don’t Look Up from writer-director Adam McKay (Vice, Anchorman) is here. The end of the world may be in sight, but the Academy Awards may not be far behind.

Leonardo DiCaprio (the first A-list actor of many you’re about to see on this page) plays Paul, an astronomer tasked with heading on a “giant media tour” to warn everyone of the approaching comet that spells impending doom for the world’s population. Joining him is Jennifer Lawrence, who plays fellow astronomer Kate. 

If the trailer is anything to go by, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence’s characters will be pleading to the powers-that-be in the Oval Office and even making the jump to the glitzy, perma-smile world of morning television. Those two alone would make any movie worth watching. Netflix, though, has filled out the cast in incredible fashion.

Deep breath: Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Ron Perlman, Timothee Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep all feature. You can see more of some of their characters in the trailer, as well as in the newly-released images from Netflix below. Oh, and singer/part-time Fortnite superstar Adriana Grande shows up too. Naturally.

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It all amounts to Netflix positioning itself for major Oscars buzz. Don’t Look Up is out on Netflix December 24 – prime awards season – and is heading for a limited theatrical run on December 10 too, much like Mank, The Irishman, and Roma before it. Could Leo be picking up another Best Actor nod?

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Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.