Netflix will release 70 films over the course of 2021, including a new movie every week, the streaming service has announced.
Along with DiCaprio and Lawrence, "Don't Look Up" features Cate Blanchett ("Carol"), Rob Morgan ("Mudbound"), Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady"), Jonah Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Chris Evans ("The Avengers"), Himesh Patel ("Yesterday"), Timothée Chalamet ("Little Women"), Matthew Perry ("Friends"), Tyler Perry ("Gone Girl"), Melanie Lynskey ("Togetherness"), Ron Perlman ("Sons of Anarchy") Tomer Sisley ("We're the Millers"), singer Ariana Grande, and rapper Kid Cudi.
The slate from debt-fuelled service does not include non-English films and it is also expected to make surprise movie announcements later in the year.
Disney and Netflix have been releasing original films as they battle for subscribers, while Hollywood studios have been shifting towards streaming services to cut their losses as cinemas remain off limits. Additional movies will be released in markets outside the United States. Competition has intensified as the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered movie theaters and left home-bound audiences searching for entertainment. Boom!, Halle Berry's Bruised, Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer's Thunder Force, Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao's The White Tiger, Zack Snyder's zombie heist Army of the Dead, Joey King's The Kissing Booth 3 and Noah Centino and Lana Condor's To All the Boys: Always and Forever.
Directed by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda (his directorial debut, no less), a release date for the film is to be revealed - though Netflix has now confirmed it will be 2021. Disney, by contrast, now plans to debut roughly two dozen movies this year in theaters and on its Disney+ streaming service, including four Marvel Studios films and two from Pixar. Larson's other cult classic musical is Rent, recently revived in Manchester.