Film maker-writer Jordan Peele comes up with his new venture Us with a Christmas gift to the film buffs. Us follows Peele’s directorial debut Get Out, which won the filmmaker a best original screenplay Oscar and was acclaimed for using the horror genre as a way to examine race in America. Lupita Nyong’o and her Black Panther co-star Winston Duke lead Us as parents to two children, played by Shahadi Wright-Joseph and Evan Alex.
The first trailer for Us pulls unveils the curtain on the creepy project, revealing that the film revolves around a family who is haunted by doppelganger version of themselves.
The golden scissors that have thus far played a pivotal role in the Us marketing show up in the trailer being wielded by the invaders. There is a symbolic reason for their presence, Peele says, though he won’t reveal any more about the idea called “The Tethering” around which Us revolves. “Something I love about the horror genre is that everyday objects become weapons, so I wanted to create some elegant iconography. But the inherent duality of two equal objects that are connected, and an object that’s used to sever or cut, is very important to the film.”
Oh, yeah, and there’s a point for all those rabbits in the trailer, too. “I have many reasons for all the sort of symbology in the movie,” Peele adds. “There’s a certain amount I want the audience to be able to unpack, but I can say just about any piece of symbolism that you could pull from the rabbit specifically I think is applicable to this story.”
“Very important for me was to have a black family at the center of a horror film,” Peele said. “But it’s also important to note, unlike Get Out, Us is not about race. It is instead about something that I feel has become an undeniable truth. And that is the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies.”
“I dedicated a lot of myself to create a new horror mythology and a new monster. I think that monsters and stories about monsters are one of our best ways of getting at deeper truths and facing our fears as a society”, said Peele.
Us is slated to be released on March 15, 2019.