He's been stranded on Mars and hunted by the CIA, but this December Matt Damon will take on a much, much smaller role.
Paramount has dropped the first full trailer for Downsizing, a tongue-in-cheek film that posits the solution to overpopulation and planetary change is literally shrinking humans down to size, essentially expanding our limited resources by reducing our own needs.
Directed by Alexander Payne and starring Damon, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, and Udo Kier, the premise appears to be something akin to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids meets an Inconvenient Truth, with a satirical slant and a soundtrack featuring the Talking Heads.
The story follows a kindly occupational therapist who undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall. The procedure will not only help him and his wife do their part to save the planet — the “only practical remedy to humanity's gravest problem,” per IMDb's description of the movie — it also translates their regular-sized earnings into lavish wealth.
The trailer features some gorgeous special effects, as Damon is scooped up like a beef patty post-procedure or entranced by his new Stuart Little-esque view of the suddenly much larger world.
The comedy with a dash of sci-fi is already being heralded as Payne’s most ambitious work to date due to the visual effects and the scope of the premise. Who wouldn't want to save the planet and get a boost to their bank account at the same time?
We'll have to wait until the Dec. 22 release to find out if the newfound freedom of living small comes with any unintended pitfalls or if the cautionary tale is for us regular-sized folks who are still living too large.