Before viewers could experience the horror that was a sleepy Super Bowl LIII, director Jordan Peele provided a different type of scare with the debut of a new trailer for his highly anticipated horror film, Us.
The film (which Peele provided a first look for on Christmas Day) follows the Wilson family — Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), Gabe (Winston Duke) and their children — as they are attacked by a creepy, yet familiar group of strangers who turn out to be the family’s doppelgängers.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Peele provided deeper insight into the machinations of the film.
“I won’t say how far and all the places this goes to, but I definitely wanted to do a movie that started with this sense of invasion, this sense of the fear of other, the fear of the stranger from outside, which I think is a common fear in society these days, and then sort of force the characters to realize the invaders have their faces. I didn’t want to make just a home invasion, though I utilized that imagery. I wanted the sense of an adventure that was not necessarily a claustrophobic one — that’s a feeling that turns me off watching. I wanted to make this expansive. I wanted it to have themes of night and day.”
Us, which is Peele’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning hit Get Out, will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival before arriving in theaters on March 22.