Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity) and Kristen Wiig (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) are headlining a new film together called Downsizing. Alexander Payne (The Descendants) will direct the movie, which he also cowrote with Jim Taylor (About Schmidt). Taylor and Payne often join forces, having also worked together on films like Election, Sideways, and Citizen Ruth.
The film revolves around a new advance in technology designed to eliminate the strains on the planet caused by humanity’s overconsumption of its resources. Essentially, the treatment makes humans smaller and smaller until they’re only a few inches tall, which means that they will take up less space on the planet. This also minimizes their depletion of food, water, and the natural offerings of the earth. However all of this science serves as background, catalyzing plenty of wild events in the film. In other words, the interesting action of the movie isn’t in the technobabble. It’s merely a device. Instead, the notable concept is how the characters change on a personal level with an entirely different positionality in a new world to explore.
Downsizing isn’t the only upcoming project that Damon fans can look forward to seeing in the near future. He will also be starring in the bloody crime film, Suburbicon. As for Wiig, she will appear in the film adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette.
Wiig and Damon will act alongside names like Niecy Nash (Scream Queens), Hong Chau (Inherent Vice), Laura Dern (Wild), Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers), and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds). With such a talented cast, it looks like the film will have plenty of reasons for audiences head to the movies this winter!
Look below for the full-sized trailer.
Downsizing will shrink down to fit into theaters starting on December 22, 2017.