Kristen Wiig Joins Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin in New Alexander Payne Film About Shrunken People


Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig both starred in 2015’s award-winning The Martian, but the two of them didn’t really share any screen time. That hopefully isn’t the case with Downsizing, the new film from Alexander Payne. Wiig has been cast in an unknown role, which was originally given to Reese Witherspoon, who starred in Payne’s 1999 film Election.

The film’s synopsis is pretty bare at this point, but what we do know is amazing: Downsizing will follow a man from Omaha who shrinks himself and goes on to live in a community of fellow shrunken people. Apparently this shrinking is a phenomenon in the world, maybe as a way to combat wild population growth? Or maybe just a way for the philosophical to see the world from a new perspective? Or maybe this is a reboot of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise?

Regardless, the film sounds promising, especially because of Payne’s track record (Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt) and the rest of the attached cast: Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrcik Harris, and Hong Chau.