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.
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, before its closure in 1997.
Today, it is possible to visit a small museum dedicated to the history of the US Navy and to admire the old buildings and some aircraft. Many hangars remain abandoned. Some of them burned down during an arson attack in March 2020. Once coveted by Amazon, the site is now used for film shoots produced in Boston and the region.
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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.