The first trailer for the Cambridge native's new film Downsizing hit YouTube early Tuesday morning, and while Damon and some of his co-stars are tiny, the laughs are not.
In an overpopulated world, Downsizing imagines that scientists have found an environmentally and economically friendly solution - shrinking people to 5 inches tall.
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When you "downsize", a modest $52,000 translates to $12.5 million, which allows everyone to live like tiny kings. While the synopsis does say that their choice "triggers life-changing adventures", a lot of the trailer seems devoted to a sense of wonder and strangeness.
"Downsizing" recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it received a mostly positive reception and, in quite a few cases, ecstatic praise. It is playing at the London Film Festival this October.
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In the trailer, Paul (Damon) and his wife Audrey (Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives and move to a new downsized community.
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.
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Paramount has a December 22 domestic release set, with some offshore markets beginning rollout simultaneously.