Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Pattinson join Adam McKay's new movie - but what is it about?
Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Pattinson will star in Adam McKay's next project which is titled Average Height, Average Build.
McKay made his name through comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers, but over the last decade he has become an awards darling through movies like The Big Short, Vice and Don't Look Up.
His last project, Don't Look Up, was a scathing satirical comedy focused on the public's ambivalence toward a meteor hurtling to earth. It was a pointed metaphor for the real-life climate change crisis which continues to be ignored by certain politicians.
His next movie has been confirmed to be a comedy-drama that will focus on a serial killer who attempts to get into politics in order to make the law more "murder friendly".
Downey Jr. and Pattinson have already been cast in the film but it is unclear who will play the main character, the killer.
Further details on the project are fairly scarce at the moment.
Interestingly, this is a deviation from what McKay previously said his next movie would be about. Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, he said:
“If the last movie was about the outcome of what’s broken about us, that we’re staring at the collapse of the liveable climate, this one is more about the actual arterial blocks in our hearts, what’s causing it, which is, of course, big, dirty money.
"And it’s a comedy as well … blended with drama, but I would overall call it a comedy.”
Serious subject matter for McKay
Plots around McKay's recent movies have surrounded the banking collapse in 2008, vice president Dick Cheney's influence over the Iraq War, and climate change.
He says it is important to retain one's sense of humour when dealing with serious subjects.
“I don’t think that has to be separate from being serious and emotional and profound," the director explained.
"I think you can laugh about something while still recognising that it is serious.”
Don't Look Up
Comedy / Drama
2021 • 138 minutes