Jordan Peele Reveals First-Look Photos For 'Us,' Describes New Film As A "Monster Mythology"
Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his 2017 film Get Out looks promising.
After the synopsis for Jordan Peele‘s Us was revealed last week — along with a poster for the film — Peele has now unveiled the first photos from the movie, as well as offered more details on its plot and story.
“For my second feature, I wanted to create a monster mythology,” Peele said to Entertainment Weekly. “I wanted to do something that was more firmly in the horror genre but still held on to my love of movies that are twisted but fun.”
In EW’s report, an updated synopsis is also offered:
“The story is set in the present day and follows Adelaide and Gabe Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) as they take their kids to Adelaide’s old childhood beachside home in Northern California for the summer. After a day at the beach with the Tyler family (which includes Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), Adelaide — who’s haunted by a lingering trauma from her past — becomes increasingly more paranoid that something bad will happen to her family. As night falls, the Wilsons see four figures holding hands and standing silently at the bottom of their driveway…”
Nyong’o and Duke also discussed their characters and being a part of the film.
Nyong’o said that Peele was on her wish list of people to work with and said that the director gave her 10 films to watch so they would have “a shared language” when filming: Dead Again, The Shining, The Babadook, It Follows, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Birds, Funny Games, Martyrs, Let the Right One In, and The Sixth Sense.
The actress says that the film “turns into this relentless nightmare that taps into [Adelaide’s] deepest fears and ours as well — the idea that we might be our own worst enemies.”
As for Duke, Peele enlisted the actor because of how he and Nyong’o would engage one another online, reuniting the two after their appearance in Black Panther.
Of his character, Duke said: “It was important for me to not come off as a warrior in this film. He’s very sporadic and impulsive, he’s the husband and the alpha, and I think that leads to some of the conflict that is in the marriage when we meet the Wilsons.”
Two photos are shown: one showing what appears to be a paranoid Nyong’o holding some item as a weapon, and the other with four people wearing crimson red suits holding each other’s hands. Peele has also revealed that the monsters in his forthcoming film are called the Tethered.
Universal Pictures will release Us in theaters nationwide March 15, 2019.