Jordan Peele has undoubtedly made a name for himself in Hollywood. He started off as an actor and writer for MadTV then went on to co-create Key & Peele on Comedy Central with his dear friend and former MadTV alumni Keegan-Michael Key. Afterward, Peele moved onto films, writing such works like Keanu in 2016, helming the highly-acclaimed multiple award-winning Get Out in 2017, and producing BlacKkKlansman in 2018.
As we near the end of the decade with 2019, the New York-born actor, comedian, and filmmaker will have his plate full, and this is a good thing. CBS Television Studios and Peele’s production company Monkeypaw Productions have gotten together to premiere the revival of Rod Serling’s anthology series The Twilight Zone, which releases on April 1st and will be executively produced by Peele. In addition to that, the actor is set to lend his voice in Pixar’s Toy Story 4.
Before any of this can hit the screens of audiences, Peele has his own project coming soon than expected. Us, a psychological horror film written, produced, and directed by Peele, is due to hit theaters on March 22nd, but the film has already premiered earlier this weekend at the South by Southwest (SXSW) annual conference/festival in Austin, Texas. Here are the reactions so far:
Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o has been frequently revered for her role as Adelaide Wilson and the character’s doppelganger.
Trinbagonian-American actor and Nyong’o’s Black Panther co-star Winston Duke is praised for his role as Adelaide’s husband, Gabriel “Gabe” Wilson, who is said to be the comedic relief of the film as the “corny dad” archetype.
Peele is lauded and is noted to be the decade’s horror mastermind (as per Clayton Davis) and the film is not only twisted and thrilling but “deliriously horrific [and] incredibly inventive” as well, according to Erik Davis of Fandango. Clayton Davis likens the filmmaker to Alfred Hitchcock, while Ramin Setoodeh calls him “the new [Steven] Spielberg.”
Sandy from Hidden Remote notes that there is a lot to keep an eye out for as “there are so many things that go unnoticed [during] the first watch.”
Us is not something you would want to miss, but it is also cited as a film nobody will be ready for. Jordan Peele’s sophomore opus releases in just two weeks!
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