In 1989 Rick Moranis shrunk the kids for Disney, in 2017 Matt Damon hopes to shrink the general population for the betterment of mankind. Paramount Pictures released the first movie trailer for “Downsizing” this week, a sci-fi dramedy that is set to hit theaters this winter.
The film was directed by Alexander Payne, and will star Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, and Kristen Wiig. Payne wrote the script with Jim Taylor, and the two produced the film along with Mark Johnson.
“Downsizing” imagines what might happen if, as a solution to overpopulation, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures. You can watch the trailer for the film below.
The official release date for “Downsizing” is December 22, 2017, which will put the film against some heavy-hitters on opening weekend. Set to debut in theaters that weekend are the comedy “Bastards,” with Glenn Close, Ed Helms, Ving Rhames, J.K. Simmons, Katt Williams, and and Owen Wilson, and the Paramount Pictures’ release of “Pitch Perfect 3“. The Mark Wahlberg project “The Six Billion Dollar Man” is also releasing that weekend, so it won’t be an easy-win for any particular film going into the box-office. Of course Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens one-week before any of these films, so there’s a chance that all of these films will be overshadowed by the Force, including “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with Tom Holland, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart, which is opening on Wednesday instead of Friday.