Get Out was a nightmare for its lead character Chris, but a dream for Jordan Peele.
Known for his sketch comedy work on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, the movie was a passion project 10 years in the making with a seismic pay off: Get Out wowed audiences, earned $255 million worldwide, earned Peele an Oscar for original screenplay, made him one of Hollywood’s most in-demand talents, and most of all, fed a zeitgeist hungry for diverse perspective and boldness in the multiplex. By the end of Get Out’s year-long cultural triumph, the question on everyone’s mind (Peele’s included, if endless press rounds were any indication) was clear: what would he do next?
The answer is Us.
Though Peele refrained from sharing any more details beyond the impressionistic one-sheet, a Rorschachian portrait of two disembodied heads, an on-the-heels report from Variety sheds a bit more light on the anticipated project. Us will once again be written and directed by Peele, with Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther) and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) in talks for lead roles. Winston Duke, who costarred alongside Nyong’o as M’Baku in Black Panther, is also in talks for part in the ensemble.
Us will continue Peele’s relationship with Universal Pictures, which distributed Get Out and offered the multihyphenate a first-look deal after the film’s monumental success, and Jason Blum, founder of the boutique horror company Blumhouse Pictures and a producer on Get Out.
Close collaborators aren’t the only ones buying what Peele’s selling. In the wake of Get Out’s release, Peele has announced he’s shepherding a reboot of The Twilight Zone at CBS All Access, producing a Lorena Bobbitt docuseries for Amazon, teaming with J.J. Abrams on an episodic adaptation of the novel Lovecraft Country at HBO and producing Spike Lee’s latest, BlacKkKlansman, the true story of an African-American policeman who infiltrated his local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Us is Peele’s first film project he will personally helm.
In February, during this year’s Oscars, Peele hinted at the project. “One thing I know is that this is genre; and playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun genre of intrigue is my favorite,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s my sweet spot. So I think tonally it should resemble Get Out. That said, I want to make a completely different movie. I want to address something different than race in the next one.”
He added, “I’m just trying to entertain myself again.” Which should work out for all of us.
Us is expected to hit theaters in March 2019.