Matt Damon to shoot ‘Downsizing’ in Toronto

Pop Goes The News — Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Neil Patrick Harris and Alec Baldwin will be in Toronto early next year to shoot the feature Downsizing.

The comedy from writer-director Alexander Payne (Sideways) is scheduled to be made in and around the city from April 12 to July 11.

The all-star cast also includes Jason Sudeikis and Christoph Waltz.

Described as a social satire, Downsizing centres on a Nebraska man (Damon) who shrinks himself and moves into a community of people who did the same.

It will be the first time Damon — a frequent guest of the Toronto International Film Festival — has worked on a film in Toronto since 1997’s Good Will Hunting.

Harris shot 2013’s Smurfs 2 and 2011’s Beastly in Montreal but hasn’t made a movie in Toronto since 2004’s Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.

Payne, whose films include Election, About Schmidt and Nebraska, had a short-lived marriage to Ottawa-born actress Sandra Oh.

Downsizing is scheduled to open in cinemas on Christmas Day 2017.

This post has been updated.