With just two movies under his belt as a director, Jordan Peele has somehow solidified himself as a master of a new sub-genre of horror. Now, he’s going for the hat trick with his next directorial venture, Jordan Peele’s Nope.
Jordan Peele got his start in the genre with the mind-bending hit 2017 movie Get Out, which forced audiences to see him as a serious director looking to tackle social issues through the horror genre and not the hilarious goofball from Comedy Central’s massively popular sketch series, Key & Peele. It worked, Peele earned himself an Oscar that year for best original screenplay and the film was nominated for best picture, best directing and best performance by an actor in a leading role — not bad for one’s first foray into directing. He went on to direct the equally spine-tingling film Us in 2019 but hasn’t been back in the director’s chair since. Instead, he’s been acting as a producer on things like The Twilight Zone reboot, the Candyman reboot and Lovecraft Country. That is, until the first teaser for Jordan Peele’s Nope.
Jordan Peele’s Nope has wrapped principal photography, meaning the acclaimed director’s next feature horror film is one step closer to being a reality — even if almost nothing is known about it thus far. To help curious horror fans prepare, here is everything we know so far about the movie.
While Jordan Peele is keeping most of the details about the film under unflinchingly tight secrecy, he was gracious enough to give fans a date with which to mark their calendars. Next summer will be the summer of Jordan Peele’s Nope when it hits theaters on July, 22, 2022. Variety confirmed recently the principal photography on the film has officially wrapped, giving it a little less than a year in the post-production phase for the director to polish and perfect it.
Because Jordan Peele’s Nope is part of his overall, multi-year deal between his Monkeypaw Productions and Universal, it’s unclear if the film will be exclusive to theaters or if it will also debut on a streaming service like most of Warner Bros. 2021 content did on HBO Max. However, Variety also reported in its announcement that Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, who previously worked on films like Dunkirk, Tenet, Interstellar and Her, is working with Jordan Peele on Nope. It also reported that it was filmed on KODAK film, including 65mm film in IMAX format, which really screams (pun intended) theatrical release.
Cast For Jordan Peele’s Nope
Those who were fans of Get Out will be pleased to know that Jordan Peele’s Nope will mark the director’s first reunion with the previous film’s Academy Award-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya. Since his time, the actor has gone on to become an Academy Award-winner thanks to his turn as Black Panther Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. So, he’s a pretty big get these days. In addition, Walking Dead and Mayhem alum Steven Yeun has signed on to co-star fresh off his own Oscar-recognized role in Minari. The duo will be joined by Keke Palmer, who is typically known more for comedic roles — but so was Jordan Peele before Get Out, so whatever, let’s see what she’s got.
Rounding out the cast of Jordan Peele’s Nope in supporting roles are Euphoria’s Barbara Ferrera, The OA alum Brandon Perea, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves actor Michael Wincott.
Unfortunately, there is no trailer yet for the movie. That said, Jordan Peele has made a name for himself in the horror genre, and every good horror fan knows that spectacle is a massive part of that moniker. As a result, many believe that he could drop a trailer for the film literally any day without much fanfare and let word-of-mouth do most of the walking. That’s kind of what he did with the only promotion for Jordan Peele’s Nope that’s been seen to date.
On July 22, 2021, exactly one year before the film was set to release, the actor announced its existence to the world on Twitter with an ominous poster shared directly to his Twitter account. It revealed the release date, principal cast and offered the first glimpse of Jordan Peele’s Nope teased only with a cloud emoji. However, it also gave movie fans their favorite gift besides a trailer — a chance for rampant speculation.
Plot of Jordan Peele’s Nope
The poster shows fans what they can expect from “the mind of Academy Award Winner Jordan Peele” in his third turn at writing and directing. The poster shows a small town in the distance while a cloudy night sky looms overhead. In that night sky is a single cloud that looks different from the rest — it’s circular and seemingly independent of the rest in the sky. It also has a kite-tail sticking out of it. Based on that, it’s easy to assume that Jordan Peele’s Nope will perhaps focus on aliens. Nothing screams “aliens” quite like a circle in the sky over a small, rural town that’s seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Admittedly, though, any ideas based on the poster are purely speculative and, frankly, a bit of a stretch of the imagination. Fortunately, that doesn’t really matter.
When it comes to Jordan Peele’s movies, the physical threat is never truly the monster. Get Out wasn’t about a man fighting his girlfriend’s father and brother — it was about white people’s fetishization and appropriation of Black culture. Us wasn’t about the characters escaping their own murderous doppelgangers — it was about a society that functions based on a fragile engine of haves and have-nots. In the past, Jordan Peele has called his work “social thrillers.” While he did not technically coin the term, he certainly popularized it in the modern-day enough to take total ownership at this point. In 2017, IndieWire noted that the writer and director was developing Get Out along with four other films that he said found their boogeymen in societal norms that average people take for granted. Us came out soon after which means Jordan Peele’s Nope and one other are on their way to frighten us not with a slasher villain, but the discomfort of society that people face day in and day out.