We don’t know a lot about Leonardo DiCaprio’s next film, Don’t Look Up. We know it’s a satire about Leo and Jennifer Lawrence as two doom-mongering astronomers, that the first clip from it turned up on Netflix’s big round-up of all its 2021 films yesterday, that Adam McKay will direct, and that everyone’s in it: DiCaprio and Lawrence are joined by Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Chris Evans, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman, Jonah Hill and Ariana Grande.
The 11-second teaser does hide one big Easter egg in plain sight though: DiCaprio’s sizeable neckbeard.
Longtime Leo-watchers will be aware that his facial hair on film exists on a continuum. At one end, there’s the neat, sandy goatee (Inception, Gangs of New York, Shutter Island, Blood Diamond) which usually suggests his character’s going to be dealing with some slightly nefarious underworld stuff. The beard says “I’m a bit of a naughty one,” but the careful sculpting says,