'Us': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about Jordan Pele's upcoming thriller
Inspired by the ‘Twilight Zone’ episode ‘Mirror Image,’ Jordan Peele's upcoming horror/thriller 'Us' stars Lupita Nyong'o, Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke
After the resounding success of his first film ‘Get Out,’ Jordan Peele is back with another psychological horror film titled 'Us'. The film was written and directed by Peele himself and takes inspiration from 'The Twilight Zone' episode 'Mirror Image'.
Peele took about one year to develop the script which involved six months of conceiving and working on it mentally before penning it all down.
'Us', a Monkeypaw Productions project co-produced by Blumhouse, had its world premiere at the South by Southwest film conference on March 8. The film was made for a mere $20 million, which in the 100 million and $200 million blockbusters era is pretty impressive, especially for a project that millions are excited about.
'Us' is set to hit threates around the country on March 22.
‘Us’ tells the story of the four-member Wilson family which takes a seemingly harmless vacation at their beach house. However, their lovely little vacation turns sour when a group of strangers who look exactly like them arrive. The family finds itself under attack from the strangers referred to as “The Tethered”, and go to great lengths to protect themselves.
The premise of the movie is inspired by 'The Twilight Zone' episode ‘Mirror Image’ in which a woman runs into her doppelganger at a bus depot and is convinced that she is trying to replace her. “It’s terrifying, beautiful, really elegant storytelling,” Peele said regarding the episode in an interview with Rolling Stone. "And it opens up a world. It opens up your imagination.
Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson
Nyong'o, who made her Hollywood debut, and gained instant stardom, with the 2013 film ’12 Years a Slave,’ is one of the most sought-after actresses of the current times. The Kenyan-Mexican actress has been a part of many important and popular films such as ‘Queen of Katwe’ and ‘Black Panther.’
Winston Duke as Gabe Wilson
A Trinbagonian-American actor, Duke made his first memorable appearance in the 2018 superhero flick ‘Black Panther,’ in which he starred along his ‘Us’ co-star Nyong’o. In the film, he played M’Baku, one of the greatest Wakandan warriors, and cemented his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Along with him reprising M’Baku in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Duke has the Peter Berg film ‘Wonderland’ to look forward to in the near future.
The film also stars Elisabeth Moss who plays Mrs Tyler and Tim Heidecker as Mr Tyler in pivotal roles. The Tylers are family friends of the Wilsons are vacationing with. Evan Alex and Shahadi Wright Joseph porytay Jason and Zora Wilson, Adelaide and Gabe's children in the movie.
Director and Writer
Jordan Peele, who made a name for himself as one half of the hilarious Key and Peele duo, is taking on the horror/thriller genre for the second time with ‘Us.’ His first film ‘Get Out,’ which was a critical and commercial success, took a satirical take on racism in the modern world, especially the complacency to combat racism. The film won him his first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Despite his conscious move to the horror genre within the realms of movie, Peele continues to make hilarious comedies in TV, including ‘The Last O.G.’ on TBS and ‘Weird City’ on YouTube Premium.
The trailer for 'Us' shows how the Wilson family keeps seeing weirdly ominous signs ever since they arrive at their beach holiday. Nyong’o’s Adelaide even has a premonition about the incidents to follow after she notices that there is a “black cloud” which is seemingly making weird coincidences happen over and over again. However, she is too late to come to this realization or to convince her husband, and her entire family pays the price for it.
If this terrifying trailer is anything to go by, ‘Us’ is going to have us simultaneously on the edge of our seats and covering our eyes the entire time.
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'Mirror Image' from 'The Twilight Zone'