Backed by Norway's new cash rebate, Alexander Payne's eagerly awaited Downsizing moves to Western Norway and Lofoten to capture coastal and fjord locales. The Paramount Pictures production stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig (of Norwegian descent), Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudeikis, Neal Patrick Harris, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Paul Mabon, Warren Belle and Hong Chau, as well as Nordic actors such as Norway's Ingjerd Egebjerg and Sweden's Rolf Lassgård.
The social satire depicts a man who believes he’ll have a better life if he shrinks himself, and promises to be Payne's most ambitious film to date. Payne and his crew have worked on location and in studios in Los Angeles, in Payne's native Omaha, in Toronto and now Norway.
The script is penned by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. The duo won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Sideways, having previously collaborated on Citizen Ruth and Election.
Downsizing also reunites Payne with his cinematographer of choice Phedon Papamichael - their fourth collaboration, and marks his first collaboration with production designer Stefania Cella (Black Mass, Paolo Sorrentino's La Grande Bellezza).
The Paramount film is produced by Payne along with Gran Via Production's Mark Johnson. Jim Taylor and Jim Burke will executive produce.
The Norwegian shoot is handled by Per Henry Borch for Truenorth Norway, a company set up by Borch and Truenorth on Iceland. The Icelandic production company led by Leifur B. Dagfinnsson was founded in 2003, and has offered production services in Iceland for films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Batman Begins, Flags of Our Fathers, Prometheus, Noah, Oblivion and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
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