Newswire: Reese Witherspoon will join Matt Damon in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing

Deadline reports that Reese Witherspoon is joining Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, a “large canvas, science-fiction social satire” about a couple who find an unusual way to deal with overwhelming financial pressures. Witherspoon’s return to the project reunites her with Payne, who directed her in Election.

The project was originally set to star Witherspoon and Paul Giamatti as the couple who decide to literally shrink themselves as a means of escaping their situation. Payne’s The Descendants sidetracked Downsizing for several years, during which time Matt Damon replaced Giamatti in the lead role. Witherspoon’s character is said to have second thoughts about the whole literal downsizing idea (after all, wouldn’t shrinking yourself just make your problems bigger by comparison?) Meanwhile, her husband has already undergone the “procedure,” leaving the couple with challenges of a new magnitude.

Additional information on the project is minimal, and Damon is set to …

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