Before 2017's Get Out, Jordan Peele was best known as one half of the Emmy-winning sketch comedy duo, Key & Peele. But upon the release of his directorial debut, he was hailed as a maestro of modern horror (and went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay). Peele cemented his status as one of his generation's great genre auteurs with his follow-up, 2019's Us.
Now, the filmmaker is preparing to unleash a "pop nightmare" upon moviegoers with his latest film Nope. Seeing as this is the man who found a way to make tea cups and Hands Across America terrifying, you're surely wondering what he's scared up this time. Here is everything you need to know about Nope.
What is 'Nope' about?
Peele has been especially hush-hush as to what exactly audiences are in store for with Nope, but we do know it centers on residents in a lonely gulch of inland California who "bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery." All signs point towards that discovery being extraterrestrial.
"I set my sights on the great American UFO story," Peele told Rotten Tomatoes. “And the movie itself deals with spectacle, and the good and bad that come from this idea of attention. It’s a horror epic, but it has some points in it that are meant to elicit a very audible reaction in the theater."
Hence the title, "[It] speaks to the idea of being in tune with what the audience is thinking and feeling in the theater," the director previously explained at CinemaCon. "I love a rapt audience saying, ''Nope!' or 'Get out the house!' I love to encourage that interaction, because that's what's giving the audience a unique experience. Roller coasters aren't fun alone. Being scared isn't fun alone. You need that energy. This film is definitely a ride."
When and where will we be able to watch it?
Universal Pictures will release Nope only in theaters on July 22.
Who's starring in 'Nope'?
Daniel Kaluuya, who previously starred in Peele's Get Out and earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor his performance in it. (He has since won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Jesus and the Black Messiah.) Kaluuya is joined by Keke Palmer, playing OJ and Emerald Haywood, siblings who have followed in their great, great, great grandfather's footsteps and are running the only Black-owned horse training ranch in Hollywood.
Steven Yeun is the third lead and plays Ricky "Jupe" Park, who runs an in-universe theme park. Nope's cast also includes Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott and Barbie Ferreira.
Who's behind the scenes?
Peele wrote, produced and directed Nope, just as he did with Get Out and Us. (With Get Out, Peele became the first Black filmmaker to receive Oscar nominations for producing, writing and directing in the same year.)
Oscar-nominated cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (Dunkirk) serves as Nope's director of photography and shot the movie using 65mm film in IMAX format. Peele also reenlisted a number of his regular collaborators, including Us editor Nicholas Monsour, production designer Ruth De Jong and producer Ian Cooper, and Get Out and Us composer Michael Abels.
"It was clear that the film was a lot bigger in scale than any of the others," Abels tells A.frame. "It was important that the music step up too and fill that space and play into what a big summer movie needs to be — but in the world of Jordan Peele, which no one has seen yet."
Is there a trailer?
Yes, and you can watch them all right here:
Universal also released the below featurette: