Starring Black Panther actors Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, the Oscar-winning director explained his latest cinematic venture examines a universal concept.
“Very important for me was to have a black family at the center of a horror film,” Peele said. “But it’s also important to note, unlike Get Out, Us is not about race. It is instead about something that I feel has become an undeniable truth, and that is the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies.”
Peele, who earned an Academy Award for best original screenplay, screened the trailer for a small group of press on the Universal lot and further spoke on the observational power of horror.
“I dedicated a lot of myself to create a new horror mythology and a new monster,” Peele said. “I think that monsters and stories about monsters are one of our best ways of getting at deeper truths and facing our fears as a society.”
Duke and Nyong’o star as parents to two young children. As they drive to the beach playing Luniz’ classic “I Got 5 On It” the trailer begins as a normal summer day, only for things to take a drastic turn when the family is confronted by the evil doppelganger versions of themselves. They must then outwit and fight themselves if they want to survive the night
Watch the trailer for Us below.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) December 25, 2018