One of the movies that has consistently remained on our radar over the last few years is Alexander Payne’s comedy/drama Downsizing. Centering on a man from Nebraska, Downsizing tells the story of a segment of the population who opt to have their bodies reduced in size so they can join tiny communities around the world. It’s an absolutely bonkers concept, but one that has attracted the acting talents of performers such as Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Neil Patrick Harris, Alex Baldwin, and Hong Chau.
A new report from Indiewire confirms that, after a string of delays, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing will finally movie forward. The wait seems to be worth it, because the film has clearly managed to assemble an all-star cast that would catch just about anyone’s eye. Leading the ensemble is veteran actor Matt Damon; the man behind Jason Bourne and Will Hunting will portray Nebraska man who decides to improve his life by shrinking his body, although few other character details have come forward.
Of course, Matt Damon isn’t the only Hollywood A-lister taking part in Downsizing, let’s put the rest of the cast under the microscope and take a closer look.
The female lead of Downsizing, Reese Witherspoon obviously needs no introduction. Star of Election and Legally Blonde, Witherspoon won an Oscar in 2006 for her role in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, and received another nomination in 2015 for her role in Wild. She’s relatively picky when it comes to her roles, so we can likely assume she has great deal of faith in Downsizing.
If Christoph Waltz doesn’t completely terrify you then you likely haven’t seen a single one of his movies. The Austrian-German actor has remained a constant fixture within the Hollywood landscape ever since he first gained his mainstream recognition with Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. He’s developed a knack for portraying villains, so we can likely expect him to do the same in Downsizing.
Few actors have nailed the triple threat so effortlessly as Neil Patrick Harris. The former child star has become an icon since his starring role in the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and has since gone on to receive critical acclaim on the Broadway stage as well. In terms of silver screen work, he has most recently appeared in David Fincher's Gone Girl opposite Ben Afflek and Rosamund Pike.
Downsizing will strike a balance between comedy and drama, so it makes perfect sense for the film to enlist Alec Baldwin. The former Jack Ryan has a long list of funny and serious roles on his resume – most notably his stint as Jack Donaghey on the hit NBC series 30 Rock.
Likely the least recognizable name on this list, Hong Chau is a Hollywood up and comer who has cut her teeth in numerous small screen roles. More notably, she recently appeared as Jade in the indie hit Inherent Vice. She's definitely making an impression, and we cannot wait to see what else she does in the future.
It goes without saying that we couldn’t be much more excited for Downsizing. The film has assembled an all-star cast, and yet we really don’t know much about it. We will just have to wait for more details till the movie hits theaters in late 2017.