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Jordan Peele Gave Lupita Nyong’o Horror Homework For His Next Film

In his directorial debut, Jordan Peele succeeded in creating not only a suspenseful, well-plotted psychological horror film in Get Out. The film was also a focus on racial oppression in modern society, creating the new genre “social thriller.” The film went on to receive four Academy Award nominations with Peele earning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

With his follow up, Us, remaining firmly in the horror genre, Peele told Entertainment Weekly he had a specific direction he was going with for it: monsters. “For my second feature, I wanted to create a monster mythology,” Peele said. Starring in Us are Winston Duke (Black Panther), Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther12 Years A Slave), who told EW about her desire to work with Peele.  “He was on my wish list of people to work with,” she said. “The very fact that I have not done anything like it was appealing, because it promised growth and excitement and new territory.”

Related – Us: Get Out’s Jordan Peele Aims To Create A Monster Mythology With Second Film

To prepare Nyong’o for her role, Peele gave her a list of 10 horror films that “share the language” of his film: Dead AgainThe ShiningThe BabadookIt FollowsA Tale of Two SistersThe BirdsFunny GamesMartyrsLet the Right One In, and The Sixth Sense. A number of these films, like The Shining and Funny Games, feature a deranged character or characters attempting to kill the other supporting characters in the story. EW breaks down the synopsis of the film like this:

[Us] follows Adelaide and Gabe Wilson (Nyong’o and Duke) as they take their kids to Adelaide’s old childhood beachside home in Northern California for the summer. After a day at the beach with the Tyler family (which includes Moss and Tim Heidecker), Adelaide — who’s haunted by a lingering trauma from her past — becomes increasingly more paranoid that something bad will happen to her family. As night falls, the Wilsons see four figures holding hands and standing silently at the bottom of their driveway…

Jordan Peele’s Us is slated for release on March 15th, 2019.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly.

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