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Jordan Peele’s Us To Make World Premiere As SXSW 2019 Opening Night Film

The film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elizabeth Moss

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele’s (Get Out) upcoming horror thriller movie Us will be making its world premiere as SXSW’s opening night movie in Austin, TX on Friday, March 8. The movie will be released in theaters a week later on March 15 from Universal Pictures.

Janet Pierson, Director of Film, said: “We are crazy excited to world premiere the most anticipated film of 2019 from the creative powerhouse the brought us Get Out. We honestly couldn’t imagine a more perfect film to kick off the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.”

After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, Get Out, Academy Award®-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced.

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.

Rounding out the cast are Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop.

“I dedicated a lot of myself to creating a new horror mythology and a new monster. I think stories about monsters are one of our best ways of getting at deeper truths & facing our fears as a society. It’s important to note that this movie, unlike GET OUT, is not about race. Instead it’s about something I feel has become an undeniable truth – that is the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies.” – Jordan Peele

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.

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