When you think of Alexander Payne, the first thing that springs to mind isn’t necessarily science fiction. The director is best known for his touching comedic dramas, or dramatic comedies depending on your point of view, like Nebraska, The Descendants, and Election. It appears, however, he’s bringing his unique sensibilities to a very sci-fi sounding project, and he’s dragging a big time movie star along for the ride.
Deadline reports that Matt Damon is joining Payne for his long-gestating geopolitical comedy Downsizing. Set in Norway in the not too distant future, humans now have the ability to shrink themselves, and being 1/8 of our normal size means that resources will last longer and the planet will be less crowded. When you do this, you become a “Small” and join special small, prefab societies protected by nets to keep bugs out.