Alexander Payne is Downsizing


Variety says Alexander Payne is developing a script about little people titled Downsizing and has put together a big-name cast.

Paul Giamatti, Sacha Baron Cohen and Reese Witherspoon have all committed to star in the film, which would likely land at Fox Searchlight, where Payne has a first-look deal.

Giamatti and Witherspoon — who have both previously teamed with the director on Sideways and Election, respectively — would play a married couple who are low on money and decide they can have a much nicer life retiring as little people. Witherspoon’s character decides to pull out at the last minute, leaving Giamatti as the sole tiny person in the union.

Cohen is set to take on two characters: a pint-sized Spaniard and his normal-sized twin brother and business partner.