Lupita Nyong'o to star in 'Us' Jordan Peele's Get Out sequel

The talented Lupita Nyong'o has been cast to play a leading role in Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' sequel, 'Us.'

                            Lupita Nyong'o to star in 'Us' Jordan Peele's Get Out sequel
Lupita Nyong'o (Source : Getty Images)

'Get Out' was one of the sleeper hits of 2017 and was Jordan Peele's directorial debut. Starring Daniel Kaluuya in the titular role, the film received rave reviews from critics, as well as audiences, and earned Peele an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Fans of the talented comedian were thus thrilled last week to learn that he would be following up 'Get Out' with a sequel, which has been revealed to be named 'Us.' Furthermore, the release date has already been announced as well, March 15, 2019, a little over two years after the premiere of its successful predecessor.

With this announcement also came the first piece of poster art and the rumor that Black Panther's Lupita Nyong'o was in negotiations to lead the cast and star in the film. Now, the slightly modified poster art includes her name. Bloody Disgusting reported this week that the actress has now confirmed her role.

The website also addressed speculation about what the sequel is about, stating that the film would be centered primarily around two couples, one who which is black and the other is white. It added that if all the current deals go through, Nyong'o's co-star in 'Black Panther,' Winston Duke, would be her partner in the movie, while Elisabeth Moss of 'The West Wing' and 'Mad Men' fame would play half of the other couple. However, neither Duke nor Moss are confirmed. 

Peele will be directing his own script this time around as well and will be producing via his Monkeypaw productions along with Sean McKittrick and Jason Blum. Monkeypaw's Ian Cooper is said to be producing as well.

Nyong'o is best-known for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen's historical drama '12 Years a Slave.' The movie was her first feature film role and earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she has since gone from strength to strength.

The next two years are set to be a busy one for the actress. She will be making her writing debut with a book titled 'Sulwe,' for which she is said to have drawn inspiration from her own childhood. Besides 'Us,' Nyong'o will also be making appearances in Abe Forsythe's horror-romance 'Little Monsters' and be involved in a series of other projects as well.