The star-studded cast of a Netflix movie filming in Boston reportedly just got even bigger.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyler Perry (“Gone Girl”), Melanie Lynskey (“Togetherness”), and Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”) have joined the cast of “Don’t Look Up,” which began filming in the Boston area last week.
Perry, who received the Governors Award at the 2020 Emmys earlier this year, is a prominent writer, director, actor, and producer who is known for wholly owning the vast majority of his creative output, which has made him a billionaire over nearly three decades in showbiz.
Perlman, known for his award-winning turn in “Beauty and the Beast” and his lead role in “Hellboy,” is also a noted voice actor, and will have a role in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming animated “Pinocchio” movie.
Lynskey, who made her debut as a teenager in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures,” also starred in the Massachusetts-filmed Hulu series “Castle Rock,” which was recently canceled by the streaming company after two seasons.
A representative for Netflix had not responded to a request for comment about the trio’s casting at the time of this article’s publication.
Perry, Lynskey, and Perlman join a previously announced cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Titanic”), Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”), Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”), Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Himesh Patel (“Yesterday”), and Timothée Chalamet (“Little Women”). Singer Ariana Grande, rapper Kid Cudi, and actors Matthew Perry (“Friends”) and Tomer Sisley (“We’re the Millers”) will also make appearances in the comedy.
In the film, Lawrence and DiCaprio play a pair of astronomers who discover that an asteroid is on a collision course for Earth. When they begin to speak publicly about the imminent danger, they find that no one will take their dire warnings of impending doom seriously.
Directed by Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), “Don’t Look Up” is expected to be in production in the Boston area through at least February 2021.
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