Director Jordan Peele has announced his followup to 'Get Out'
Jordan Peele, the director of the Oscar-winning Get Out, has announced his next movie on social media. On Tuesday May 8, he took to Twitter to reveal the poster, release date, and title of his second film, titled Us. The tagline accompanying the poster simply states: "A new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award winner Jordan Peele," and features the smoky silhouettes of two heads against a white backdrop.
The poster's Rorsharch test imagery immediately provoked a buzz on social media, and Peele's tweet currently boasts over 303,000 likes on Twitter. The movie is expected to arrive in theatres in March 2019.
Actors currently attached to the project include Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who played M'Baku and Nakia respectively. The Mad Men and Handmaid's Tale actress Elisabeth Moss is supposedly being eyed as well. Details of the film's plot have been scarce thus far, but will reportedly be a thriller about the relationship between a white couple and one black couple; with Nyong’o and Duke will playing one, with Moss and a to-be-announced actor playing the other.
The movie is reportedly another social thriller in the same vein as Get Out. In a 2017 interview, Peele revealed his intention to make a further four spiritual successors to Get Out over the course of the next 10 years, and to that end has signed a two-year first-look deal with Universal Studios.
But the director is spinning a lot of other plates at the moment. Through his production company Monkeypaw Productions, he's also a producer for Spike Lee’s new feature BlacKkKlansman, and will act as a director on the TV series Lovecraft Country and the upcoming The Twilight Zone reboot. Peele has also toyed with the idea of a direct sequel, but it seems that it isn't a high priority for him at the moment.
Get Out was something of a dark horse triumph for the former comedian, and his directorial debut ended up winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. It was also a box office hit, grossing $255 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget, and was beloved by critics for its plot, structure, surprising twist (which we won't spoil for you) and biting social commentary. As a major horror movie fan, I personally can't wait to see what he comes up with next: I'm pretty confident that it's going to blow us all away.