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We wouldn’t expect anything else from superstar filmmaker and actor Jordan Peele, but we're here to tell you that the trailer for Nope, Jordan's new film effort, is actually petrifying.
You can watch the clip, which debuted during the Super Bowl last night, right here:
Nope, which once again highlights Jordan’s proclivity for horror movies (who can forget 2017’s Get Out and 2019’s Us, after all?), stars Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya as residents of "an isolated town who witness a mysterious and abnormal event" while working on a Hollywood horse ranch.
The neo-Western-slash-science-fiction-horror flick is doused in mystery—specific details about the plot haven't been disclosed. But that just gets us more excited about its release, set for July 22, 2022.
If Jordan’s track record is any indication, Nope is poised to be a terrifying but critically acclaimed production. His directorial debut, Get Out (which also starred Kaluuya, that time alongside the wonderful Allison Williams), earned him the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the film has become an emblem of the sort of psychological thrillers that Jordan himself has turned into an almost classic genre.
Just a couple of years later, Us also riveted critics and fans alike. The horror film stars Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson, who goes on vacation with her family and is then attacked by a group of doppelgängers. The cast is rounded out by Elisabeth Moss, Winston Duke, and Tim Heidecker.
While we patiently wait for the official release of Nope, we'll also find as many details as we can about Wendell and Wild, an upcoming stop-motion animated dark fantasy comedy-horror film that was written and produced by Jordan and will be distributed by Netflix.
Jordan worked with Henry Selick, Keegan-Michael Key, and Clay McLeod Chapman to develop the script, which chronicles the story of demon brothers Wendell and Wild (the former voiced by Keegan-Michael and the latter by Peele himself). In the film, the duo faces their "arch-nemesis Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raoul." The movie is set to debut on Netflix sometime this year.
If you, like us, are curious to know about Peele's love for all things horror, we'd like to point you to this interview that the director gave NPR back in 2019 (opens in new tab). "I think it is connected to getting over my own fears: my fears growing up, my fears as a kid watching movies," he told the outlet a few years ago. "I'd watch these commercials for the Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown books... And I would freak out. But I would want it. And I had this weird love-hate where I would... if I got to sneak a horror movie at a friend's house, there was nothing more I would want to do. And then of course it would keep me up at night... And watching [horror movies] does that for me to an extent. But creating them, I think, helps me deal with fear and makes me feel stronger and braver."
Anna Rahmanan is a New York-based writer and editor who covers culture, entertainment, food, fashion and travel news. Anna’s words have appeared on Time Out New York, the Huffington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Us Weekly, Bon Appetit and Brooklyn Magazine, among other outlets.
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