Jordan Peele Talks Differences Between GET OUT & US: “Not Everything is About Race”
Robert Eggers (The Witch), Ari Aster (Hereditary), and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) are three filmmakers who will be delivering sophomore features in 2019. Following up a debut megahit must be a daunting task, but Jordan Peele must be feeling the pressure exponentially considering he won an Oscar for his first feature film, Get Out.
Peele’s sophomore outing, Us, is slated to hit theaters on March 22nd, and the trailer we received at the end of 2018 is nothing short of terrifying. Sure, Get Out was scary, but Us looks like a whole new level of horror. The filmmaker recently talked about his experiences in Hollywood at length with the folks at Rolling Stone. We found comments he made regarding the differences between Get Out and Us immensely intriguing.
“It’s important to me that we can tell black stories without it being about race,” Peele says. “I realized I had never seen a horror movie of this kind, where there’s an African-American family at the center that just is. After you get over the initial realization that you’re watching a black family in a horror film, you’re just watching a movie. You’re just watching people. I feel like it proves a very valid and different point than Get Out, which is, not everything is about race. Get Out proved the point that everything is about race. I’ve proved both points!”
Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen to her family. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, each stranger takes the appearance of a different family member.
Us stars Anna Diop, Elisabeth Moss, and Lupita Nyong’o.
What do you thing of Jordan Peele’s comments regarding Get Out vs Us? Are you excited to see Us when it arrives in theaters this March? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!