We’ve got bad news for Jordan Peele fans. The writer/director’s hotly anticipated follow-up to his critically heralded and Oscar-winning Get Out is seeing its release delayed one week. Variety reports Us is being pushed back from March 15 to March 22. But the reason for this move is pretty great news for some of your favorite Overlords!
Two weeks ahead of its theatrical release, Us will be the opening night film at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, a cinema celebration we zealously cover. Which means the horror-thriller that stars Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke will play for the first time ever with several of Pajiba’s crew in the audience.
Janet Pierson, Director of SXSW Film, understandably shares our enthusiasm about this fest acquisition, saying, “We are crazy excited to world premiere the most anticipated film of 2019 from the creative powerhouse that brought us Get Out. We honestly couldn’t imagine a more perfect film to kick off the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.”
Here’s the SXSW synopsis of Us. And you can check out the trailer here.
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, 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 about 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 to discover the silhouettes of four figures standing in their driveway. Us pits an ordinary American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
Last year’s opening night film was John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, and Pajiba was there for every jump scare and silently sinister moment! (Full Disclosure: this reporter could be heard yelping in terror throughout.) That creepy creature feature played beautifully to the packed house at Austin’s Paramount theater. And Us seems destined to do the same. Universal is hoping to capitalize on buzz for the screening to get audiences dizzy with anticipation over Peele’s latest horror offering. And we’ll be reporting from SXSW to give you a taste of the terror to come!
So, we get you’re bummed but…
In other Peele news, the actor/writer/director/producer has also recently unveiled the trailer for Lorena. This true-crime documentary mini-series that revisits the 1993 sensation that was the Lorena Bobbitt case.
Here’s the official synopsis:
On a sleepy night in 1993, Lorena Bobbitt sliced off her husband’s penis after years of abuse. John and Lorena Bobbitt’s dueling narratives exploded in a ravenous 24-hour news cycle, igniting a renewed battle of the sexes. Lorena became a national joke, her suffering ignored by the male-dominated press. But as John spiraled downward, Lorena found strength in the scars of her ordeal. This four-part docuseries from Executive Producer Jordan Peele, revisits the events of this American scandal and sheds a new light on one of the most sensationalized tabloid stories of our time.
Lorena will premiere only on Prime Video February 15.
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