Jordan Peele recently had a chance to release the trailer for his sophomore outing as a director ‘Us’ and it looks spectacular. Now, the director is giving his personal insight as to some of the scenes and choices for what has been revealed so far. Peele previously stated that he wanted to create a monster movie with ‘Us’ and by introducing The Tethered, which are a twisted version of the main characters, he has done just that!
Speaking of The Tethered, Peele explains:
“I think the main idea that went into writing this film is that we’re our own worst enemy, and that idea created this monster, The Tethered. I wanted to forge this new mythology that explored our duality and the duality of the characters. To the actors, I knew this was the ultimate fun because who doesn’t want to play two roles in a movie; when you’re tired in one, you get to jump into the other. But I think what was a fun challenge for actors, was finding the connections between the characters and their counterparts.”
One of the standouts from the start of the trailer is the use of “I Got 5 On It” as the soundtrack. Peele shares that since this takes place in Northern California, he wanted to have audiences explore it with “a bay area hip-hop classic.” He also included it as it represented a “very relatable journey of being a parent [and] maybe some of the songs you listened to back in the day aren’t appropriate for your kids.” On top of this, he felt “like the beat in that song has this inherent cryptic energy, almost reminiscent of the Nightmare on Elm Street soundtrack.”
As to the use of rabbits and scissors throughout the trailer and likely the movie:
“I’m a filmmaker and film-lover that loves iconic imagery and what it could mean. When we talk about the scissors and the rabbits, for every choice like that, there are several different reasons that clicked to me, but the first test that anything passed was the genre test. So does it conjure the horror genre to me, which is a limitation that I feel very dedicated to working within. I think rabbits and scissors, they’re both scary things to me, and both inane things, so I love subverting and bringing out the scariness in things you wouldn’t necessarily associate with that.”
Fans of horror, even those who didn’t like ‘Get Out,’ will likely find something in this trailer which should make it a fun watch. From this only being our first view of the upcoming movie, it isn’t clear if we’ll see the same kind of hit that Peele gave us with his freshmen film but it looks like we’ll have another winner on our hands.
What do you think about ‘Us’ so far? Has anything Peele shared here swayed your opinion of the film in any way? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw
Productions stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning
to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke),
and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by
a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she
grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth
Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to
their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four
figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway.
‘Us’ pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves. Writer and director Peele produces for his Monkeypaw Productions alongside Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper. Us will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Source: Entertainment Weekly