Happy Christmas! Here’s a reminder that the world is full of darkness and we could all be moments away from death. Jordan Peele decided that today was as good a day as any to finally drop the trailer for his new scary movie Us.
Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who both starred in Black Panther (and were classmates at Yale University) are reunited on screen as Adelaide and Gabe, two parents taking their children for a relaxing vacation away with slightly tipsy friends, one of which happens to be Elisabeth Moss. Not many details about the highly anticipated follow up to Get Out have been released so far, however, there was an unofficial plot leak a few weeks ago that said that the family are staying at a beach house to unwind and unplug.
As the trailer reveals, the vacation turns sour when another family arrives to terrorise them. When they eventually break into the house, Duke asks: “Who are you people?” Then their menacing faces are revealed. “They’re us,” his son replies.
Before an advance screening of the trailer in London, a pre-roll clip showed Peele explaining that it was important to centre the film around a black family because he “hadn’t seen that before”. He also wanted to “create a new mythology” that would audiences see that we are our own worst enemies.
Getting Nyong’o involved wasn’t too difficult, as the actress told Entertainment Weekly she was a fan of Get Out. “(Peele) was on my wish list of people to work with,” she explained. “The very fact that I have not done anything like it was appealing, because it promised growth and excitement and new territory.”
“it 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,” she said echoing Peele’s words.