Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon sign up for Alexander Payne's strange political drama
Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon have signed up to star in Downsizing, a new political drama from Alexander Payne, director of Nebraska, Sideways and The Descendants.
The film, which is billed as a geopolitical comedy and drama, is set in a near future where a group of Norwegian scientists have discovered a method of shrinking human beings down to an eighth of their size.
The method is adopted to reduce consumption and to tackle overpopulation, settling the shrunken humans in miniature cities, but, shortly afterwards, dire consequences begin to emerge for big and small people alike.
The film, which was originally due to be filmed back in 2009 with a cast that included both Sacha Baron Cohen and Paul Giamatti, will be shot after Damon completes work on the forthcoming fifth instalment in the Bourne franchise.
Witherspoon will next be seen on screen in Wild, which is based on the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail written by Cheryl Strayed. The film, which has seen Witherspoon already nominated for multiple awards for her role, sees the actress play the part of Strayed, who goes on a 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Coast Highway in a bid to help her recover from the breakdown of her marriage and the death of her mother. It's due in cinemas on January 16th.