Wembley Stadium

Movie Don't Look Up Adam McKay (2021)
Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) address the audience at Wembley Stadium as part of a concert to raise awareness about the risk the asteroid poses to the human race. The footage was shot not at the actual Wembley Stadium in London, but at a former naval air station in Massachusetts, USA.
Naval Air Station
Naval Air Station by UserKtr101. Wikimedia.

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Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio)

Adam McKay and his team had to be very clever to find the perfect locations for Don’t Look Up. Wembley Stadium, where the Save the Planet concert, in which pop star Riley Bina (Ariana Grande) is performing, is taking place, has not really been put to use.

While the real Wembley Stadium does make an appearance in Don’t Look UpIn a digitally altered establishing shot, the performance sequence, preceded by the engaging speech of Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), was orchestrated from the Naval Air Station in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, not far from Boston, where the Financial District was transformed into a New York neighborhood for the purposes of the script.

The naval air base was also used as a filming location for the rocket launch sequence, a place now abandoned by the army, whose hangars and other infrastructures offer great prospects for film and TV crews. In one of the warehouses, Adam McKay reproduced the Wembley Stadium scene on which Ariana Grande sings. The special effects, as discreet as they are essential, are responsible for making the whole thing bluffing with realism.


Don’t Look Up is the second feature film in which Ariana Grande has a role. She plays Riley Bina, a variation of herself.

Don't Look Up Wembley scene
Don’t Look Up. All rights reserved: Hyperobject Industries/Netflix.
Don't Look Up Wembley
Don’t Look Up concert scene at Wembley. All rights reserved: Hyperobject Industries/Netflix.

Historical Naval Air Station South Field

An airfield owned by the U.S. Navy, South Weymouth Naval Air Station opened in 1942 during World War II.

It is from this site that the United States Army launched its airships. Thereafter, the site was used primarily by the Army Reserve. Numerous training sessions were also held there. The base was used several times during the Cold War, ... Learn more about Historical Naval Air Station South Field

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By Gilles Rolland

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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