In July last year came news from Jordan Peele himself that we would soon get his next directorial film — Nope. The announcement came with the movie’s poster, leaving us with more questions than answers as we combed through every part of the poster looking for information. It was great to see that Daniel Kaluuya had been enlisted for what is sure to be another wild ride with Peele, as well as see Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun are getting thrown into the mix, too. But once we all took in the star names we were left wondering: what is this ominous cloud looming over this bright location in the middle of nowhere?
Now, following the release of Nope‘s first full trailer, we’re left with even more questions than we might’ve had before, anxiously awaiting when Peele’s next film releases this summer. In the meantime, we’ve compiled everything to know about the movie so far, including additional cast reports and more (and yes, we’ll update this post as we continue to learn more about the movie).
Nope drops on July 22, 2022.
Let’s start off with the obvious ones. When Peele shared the poster for Nope, he also revealed the film’s release date. Fun fact: Us was also released theatrically throughout the U.S. on the 22nd of a month — March.
The film will star Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun.
As we all know, Kaluuya starred in Peele’s directorial film debut (and now horror movie classic) Get Out. As for Yeun and Palmer, the former worked with Peele on his Twilight Zone series after he hit up The Walking Dead star to see if he’d be interested in appearing in an episode. The latter previously appeared in a 2013 Key & Peele sketch.
The trailer does introduce Kaluuya and Palmer’s characters to us: a pair who works on Hollywood’s only Black-owned horse training ranch.
Alongside Kaluuya, Palmer and Yeun, the film will also star Euphoria‘s Barbie Ferreira, The OA‘s Brandon Perea, and The Crow‘s Michael Wincott.
Of these additional castings Ferreira is most notable, considering this will be her second film she’s acted in (she made her debut in 2020’s Unpregnant).
In a recent interview with nj.com, Ferreira spoke about being a fan of Peele’s work.
“I am a huge Jordan Peele fan,” she said. “He is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of artist and genius. And he’s so nice, too. He’s just so sweet and so good at what he does. It’s so exciting.”
She also expressed excitement for Nope‘s release, saying: “I’m so excited for it to come out. I think people are going to love it. As he always does, Jordan Peele makes the most amazing pieces of art. They’re not even movies. They’re incredibly cerebral and fun and scary, gorgeous masterpieces. That’s like the highlight of my life, working with him. I’m so lucky to be a part of that cast in my own little way.”
Jordan Peele is teaming up with cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema for this film.
You’ve likely never heard of Hoyte van Hoytema but you’ve definitely seen his work. He’s been Christopher Nolan’s go-to director of photography for his most recent projects including Tenet, Dunkirk (which Hoytema received an Academy Award nomination for best cinematography), and Interstellar, which is why it’s a big deal that he’ll be lending his talents to Peele’s next film.
Some sequences from the film will be shot with IMAX.
It has been confirmed that Nope was partially shot on film for IMAX, meaning that the picture will be larger (making for a better viewing experience).
The plot of the film has yet to be shared.
With the trailer now out it’s safe to say that we still have no idea what Nope is about (although there’s definitely something otherworldly going on in it). Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions also just shared a new poster on Twitter, which shows that same menacing cloud from the original poster with a horse in its grasp high in the sky, bringing to mind that memorable scene in the ’90s disaster film Twister where a tornado sweeps up a cow.
Nope will presumably follow in line with Peele’s previous “social thriller” films Us and Get Out. Peele previously spoke on this idea of social thrillers in a 2017 episode of Variety’s Playback Podcast, saying:
“I wanna stay in the genre. While I was developing [Get Out] I was also simultaneously developing four other projects that I call social thrillers. Each one is meant to deal with a different human demon; a different monster that sort of lurks underneath the way that we interact with one another as human beings. So I hope to soon direct another one of these social thrillers — it’s not gonna be about race, it’ll be about something else, but it’s gonna be very cinematic and fun… To come up with the perfect monster for a horror movie we really need to look no further than the monster that is all of us. Not so much an individual psycho killer, but the humanity that gets lost between us.”
If we’re to interpret Peele’s “four other projects” as films (and not TV-related endeavors like his Twilight Zone series) then Nope would be the second of them (with the first being Us), considering he seems to separate Get Out from these other projects.
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