'Nope'- Everything We Know So Far About Jordan Peele's Next Horror Film – Collider

The ‘Get Out’ mastermind is back and more secretive than ever!
Jordan Peele might have started his career as a stand-up comedian, but he has officially established himself as a renowned horror filmmaker. Since the Academy Award winner surprised audiences with his breakout horror film Get Out and its equally nerve-wracking successor Us, fans have been wondering about what is next for Peele as a writer/director. After all, he was involved as a producer in HBO’s Lovecraft Country and The Twilight Zone reboot and he co-wrote the Nia DaCosta feature film Candyman, but it’s been a little while since his last movie as a director. Thankfully, the director and screenwriter has revealed the title of his exhilarating return to the horror scene, alongside none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Yes, the two will be partnering again and this isn’t the only exciting part of this new Jordan Peele movie.
From the release date to confirmed cast members, here is everything we know so far about Jordan Peele’s Nope.
Editor's Note: This piece was updated on June 9, 2022, to include the final trailer.
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Despite the secretive nature behind Nope, a release date for the Universal Pictures movie has already been confirmed. Peele announced that the film will come out in theatres on July 22, 2022, which is exactly one year after the director tweeted about the project. The release date was revealed through Nope’s official poster, which includes a dark cloud roaming over a dark city as well as three of the great names who will be leading the cast. From what we could tell from the poster, the film might go straight into theaters instead of also being available on a streaming platform like Cruella or In the Heights, for example. This might be disappointing for a few of you who prefer to chill out on the couch instead of going out to see a film exclusively in theaters.
The first teaser for Nope was released on February 8, 2022. This was followed by the full-length trailer, released during Super Bowl 2022 set to the classic Stevie Wonder song "Fingertips."
The second and final trailer was released on June 9, 2022. The three-minute trailer gives us the closest look yet at the overall plot of the movie as brother and sister played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer team with a Fry's Electronics employee and an aging documentarian to capture footage of the UFO that is looming over their family ranch. The trailer shifts from a mysterious tone at the beginning to a more comedic and bizarre second act set to The Temptations' "Ball of Confusion" before settling into a more thrilling finale as the sci-fi chaos ensues. From the looks of it, Nope looks to be Jordan Peele's biggest movie to date in terms of scale.
As previously mentioned, Jordan Peele will reunite with Get Out’s lead actor Daniel Kaluuya, who recently received multiple awards including the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his turn as Black Panther Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. The actor shared a lot of positive comments to GQ about working with Jordan Peele in the past: “I was really excited Jordan had that much at stake, because it’s more than just a film. He’s saying something that is actually really personal, and he had the courage to go in. I was like, “Well, I’m going in with you, if you’re showing that much courage.”
Alongside Kaluuya, Academy Award nominee Steven Yeun will also star in Nope. Despite having gained notorious recognition for Minari this year, Yeun has already some previous experience in the thriller genre, having participated in The Walking Dead and Burning. In addition, Keke Palmer will also be one of the leads in Peele’s next horror film. Often linked to comedic projects, this is one of the rare occasions that the Hustlers-alum is involved in a horror production. The closest she has stepped into this territory was when she starred in Ryan Murphy’s horror comedy series Scream Queens. However, Palmer has history with Nope’s director, having participated in an episode of his sketch series Key and Peele back in 2013.
The lead actors are already an interest-peaking bunch, but they aren’t the only familiar names that will be involved in Nope. Variety confirmed that Euphoria’s Barbara Ferrera, The OA alum Brandon Perea, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves actor Michael Wincott will have supporting roles in the film. Even though we aren’t aware about the characters that they will play in the thriller or much less the amount of involvement they will have in the film, they surely seem like great add-ons to this already highly anticipated production.
As expected, Peele has kept most of the underlying details about Nope in the hush-hush. Both of the trailers do seem to lead us to believe that the film is like Peele's take on M. Night Shymalan's Signs or Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind as our lead characters try to track down the UFO hovering above their ranch. Not to mention the fact that the title is Nope, so that could be a hint too (Not Of Planet Earth, perhaps). Back in 2017, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Peele would be working on another “social thriller” like Get Out. In an episode of Variety’s Playback Podcast, the director said that he would like each of his social thrillers to tackle a monter of its own.

“I wanna stay in the genre. While I was developing [Get Out] I was also simultaneously developing four other projects that I call social thrillers. Each one is meant to deal with a different human demon; a different monster that sort of lurks underneath the way that we interact with one another as human beings. So I hope to soon direct another one of these social thrillers—it’s not gonna be about race, it’ll be about something else, but it’s gonna be very cinematic and fun… To come up with the perfect monster for a horror movie we really need to look no further than the monster that is all of us. Not so much an individual psycho killer, but the humanity that gets lost between us.”
The official plot for the film reads:

“What’s a bad miracle?” Oscar® winner Jordan Peele disrupted and redefined modern horror with Get Out and then Us. Now, he reimagines the summer movie with a new pop nightmare: the expansive horror epic, Nope. The film reunites Peele with Oscar® winner Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Judas and the Black Messiah), who is joined by Keke Palmer (Hustlers, Alice) and Oscar® nominee Steven Yeun (Minari, Okja) as residents in a lonely gulch of inland California who bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery. Nope, which co-stars Michael Wincott (Hitchcock, Westworld) and Brandon Perea (The OA, American Insurrection), is written and directed by Jordan Peele and is produced by Ian Cooper (Us, Candyman) and Jordan Peele for Monkeypaw Productions. The film will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide.
Amongst the uncertainty, it has been confirmed that a couple sequences in Nope were filmed with IMAX. This only proves that the project will be grand and even more appealing to in-theatre experience, and hints that the film could have a larger scale than Get Out and Us.
Another interesting fact to note is that this project is a product of the now multi-year contract between Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions with Universal Studio Group. Which means that it isn’t the only project that we will get to see coming from the Get Out mastermind. The new deal announced on September 1st is exclusively television-related, so we might as well maybe see more horror-centered narratives, but this time through multiple episodes.
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Isabella Soares is a Senior Resource Writer and Peer Mentor for Collider. She is passionate about teen dramas, Glee, and simply anything with a plot twist. Aside from Collider, Isabella has been featured in Foreign Press USA, Stylus Magazine, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Uniter, and Empoword Journalism.

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